Remembrance Day Nov 11/2020

                                                                  


Freedom is not Free! Many veterans have given their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy. Wednesday, Nov 11 at 11 A.M. stop and have a moment of silence to commemorate the signing of the Armistice that put an end to World War  1.
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the war ended after 4 terrible years of warfare between the Germans and the Allied Troops. Called Armistice Day, it was later renamed Remembrance Day after World War 11 to commemorate soldiers from both wars. Today, it is a day to remember all fallen soldiers.
The Legion members sell Poppies each year as a way for the public to visibly show respect and honor for those heroic men and women who gave up so much and died so others could be free. The Red Poppy is traditionally worn by men on the left side of the chest, The place where a military medal would be worn. Women wear them on the right side, where fallen husband's medal would be worn. Many do not know why we wear the Bright Red Poppy on and around Remembrance Day. It has become a symbol of this special day for a reason.
Flanders, in western Belgium was the region of some of the most concentrated fighting during World War 1. As a result, many signs of life were destroyed. The Poppy, however grows in disturbed soil and can lie dormant in the ground without germinating. The spring following the end of the war, as warm weather returned, the Red Poppies appeared.
John Mc Crae, a doctor serving in the Canadian Armed Forces overseas was inspired by the sight of the Poppy Fields
and wrote the now famous poem 'In Flanders Field' As a result of the poem being published and its International acclaim, the Poppy became the symbol of the fallen Veterans lost in Battle. Buy a Poppy, wear it proudly and take a moment out of your busy day on Wednesday Nov.11/2020 to remember those who gave so much so that we and others can enjoy our precious freedom.
This year with the Covid 19 Pandemic and the restrictions in place, celebrations of this memorable day will be very different. Unlike past years ,veterans have not been selling poppies on the street but there are locations to purchase them. Keep your eyes open and purchase a poppy to support the veterans. This year more than ever it is much needed since many of the legions around the country are suffering financial losses due to closures. There will be some invitation only celebrations due to the numbers restriction including one at the Bradley Centre in Chatham but no central celebration for all to attend at the Cenetaph in Downtown Chatham. 
However, there are a couple of new ways to celebrate this special day. Working with the local Royal Canadian Legion personal from McKinlay Funeral Home have created a video intended to link people of all ages to a celebration of Remembrance day. It is a pre-recorded Remembrance Day Tribute and has been available since November 4, last Wednesday on a special website remembrancedayck.com Sit with your families, reflect on the events of this special day and pass the torch of this great celebration of our history and those who fought for our freedom on to the next generation. " Lest We forget" Congrats to the staff and owners for this great contribution.
In addition, the Br. 642 Royal Canadian Legion Pipe Band were planning a trip to Europe to celebrate the 78th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands. Covid 19 has put a damper on their efforts to raise funds for the trip since the main channel for this is parades which of course are non-existent at this time. A local brewery, Sons of Kent have stepped in to help. They are producing a new hardy red ale, called Fingask '45 in honor of the unique tartan in the band members kilts. The beer was released in April although it was not available to be on tap at all the Legions as planned due to Covid restriction. Sales raised $2500.00 for the band and this original batch of 140 cases only lasted a week. The second batch of approximately 250 cases was release on October 29 with half the proceed going to the drum band and the other half going to the Legion's Poppy Fund. Congratulations for a job well done Sons of Kent.
Chatham- Kent is a caring community and I am so proud to be a part of this great munivcipality and all the special people in it. 
Chatham- Kent is a caring community and I am so proud to be a part of this great munivcipality and all the special people in it.