Unlike other years when we would gather at the National War Memorial in the Capital to commemorate the men and women who have served in Canada’s military, this year we prepare to honour the lives lost in past conflicts in new and unique ways.
Many ceremonies are adapting to the current context and asking the public to pay their respects virtually. This includes the 2020 Beechwood Cemetery Remembrance Day Ceremony, which will be conducted live at the National Military Cemetery, and shared on their Facebook. The Royal Canadian Legion is also going online for their 2020 National Remembrance Day Ceremony.
This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. In recognition of this, and in lieu of the standard march past, Veterans Affairs Canada and The Royal Canadian Legion have arranged a symbolic fly-past of three heritage planes that were essential aircraft for the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War.
In past years, the Goulbourn Museum draped a portion of the Museum in handmade poppies in honour of Remembrance Day. This year, in a moving tribute, they aimed to cover the entire roof with poppies.
Many commemorative resources are being shared online this year. The War Museum has launched a new module to commemorate the service and sacrifices of Canada’s military personnel. Osgoode Township Museum has developed War Letters for Teaching, retelling the First World War experience through the lens of a high school student from Metcalfe, ON, using rarely seen archival material from the Museum’s collection.
Wherever you may find yourself honouring heroes past, be certain we will All be remembering together.
And like so many in the Capital, the Connexion will also warmly remember Alex Trebek – a long time champion and aficionado of our geography and history.