Remembrance Day commemorations in person are back

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With the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions lowered, the traditional in-person public gathering focused on local veterans will once again mark Remembrance Day at the Essex County War Memorial Cenotaph in Windsor City Hall Square.

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“I know veterans appreciate it when people are there in person,” said Paul Lauzon, chairman of the Windsor Veterans Memorial Services Committee, which organizes the annual event in partnership with the City of Windsor.

“I think people get more out of it when they’re there live instead of watching it on Zoom or cable TV or whatever.”

This year’s service will not have some familiar elements: there will be no choir, no cannon fire, and no parade from the riverside. But the public can gather at the cenotaph to honor the brave men and women who served their country.

All public health guidelines for in-person meetings will be followed, including social distancing and wearing masks.

The service is expected to start a little before 11 a.m. to allow three of the Canadian Aviation Museum’s fighter jets to fly over at 11 a.m.

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Lauzon said he hopes to schedule it for the flyover to occur when the Canadian National Anthem plays.

This year’s speaker is a retired military man who made three tours of Afghanistan. Lauzon declined to name him.

“He’s a new kind of veteran,” he said. “People say that we are losing our veterans and that is really associated with the First World War, the Second World War.

“But we are not really losing our veterans. We are earning more. They are just from a different conflict like Afghanistan, Bosnia, Africa. “

This year wreaths will be placed at the monument.

“I am pleased to be able to meet again this year to pay our respects, pause to reflect and say ‘thank you’ to the selfless women and men who fought to leave our world safer and better than they found it,” he said. Mayor Drew Dilkens in a press release.

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“We would not enjoy the freedoms we have today if it weren’t for their bravery and sacrifice.”

On November 9, Dilkens will host a virtual conversation with a group of local military veterans, officers and family members to reflect on the contributions of veterans, their stories, the impact of a lifetime of service on families and loved ones, and the importance Remembrance Day.

The event, starting at 1 pm, will be broadcast via Facebook Live at facebook.com/CityofWindsor .

“It’s not just about remembering the past, it’s about honoring the dead,” Lauzon said.

“That’s something, from a Windsor Veteran perspective, we feel it is an honor to do that when we serve veterans or can help a veteran’s family. Whatever we can do for veterans, we are proud to do it. “

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For those who are not comfortable with an in-person meeting but would like to participate in the Remembrance Day commemoration, the service will be broadcast live on YourTV and via Facebook Live . YourTV will also broadcast the ceremony at 2 and 7:30 pm

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LaSalle Memorial

The in-person Remembrance Day ceremony will take place on November 11 at 11 am at Parque Cenotafio LaSalle.

Organized by the City of LaSalle in association with the Royal Canadian Legion, the ceremony is open to the public.

Anyone attending the ceremony must follow physical distancing guidelines and wear a mask at all times.

The service will also be broadcast live on the city’s channel. Youtube Channel .

Additionally, the city’s website features a number of local veterans and their stories. Residents or families of LaSalle veterans or the former Sandwich West Township can submit photos and / or stories about other local veterans to add to the website.

For more information visit lasalle.ca/veterans .

LaSalle Cenotaph Park is located at 5950 Malden Rd., Behind the civic center.

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