By Rod L. Hodgson
PHOTO COURTESY ROD HODGSON
Well we were supposed to install the new posts around Place Vimy last week, however it snowed and that put a halt to our plans. We have realized that we have only five posts with tops, thus we can only place four plaques on each and they are now all sold. Thank you for your patience in this project. The 20 plaques will then be ordered and installed afterwards. For those who have ordered a plaque, I will advise you when you need to pay for them. Not to worry!
We are currently still closed as are all Legions in the province and we still have no idea when we can reopen and welcome back our members. We will keep you up to date as the weeks go by. Thank you for your understanding. To help us achieve that goal please get your COVID-19 vaccinations.
Remembrance Day was first observed in 1919 throughout the British Commonwealth. It was originally called ‘Armistice Day’ to commemorate the armistice agreement that ended World War I on Monday, November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m. – “The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.”
From 1921 to 1930, Armistice Day was held on the Monday of the week in which November 11 fell. In 1931, Alan Neill, Member of Parliament for Comox–Alberni, introduced a bill to observe Armistice Day only on November 11. Passed by the House of Commons, the bill also changed the name to ‘Remembrance Day.’ The first Remembrance Day was observed on November 11, 1931.
Every year on November 11, Canadians pause for two minutes of silence to honour and remember the men and women of our armed forces who have served and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict, and peace. We remember the more than 2.3 million Canadians who have served throughout our nation’s history and the more than 118,000 who made the ultimate sacrifice.
2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the Remembrance Poppy in Canada. This year, plant a living tribute to honour the Fallen and the Veterans in your life: poppystore.ca/seeds-poppy-package-300631
In July, 1921 the Great War Veterans Association (which in 1925 would unify with other Veteran groups to form the Canadian Legion) adopted the Poppy as the flower of Remembrance. You can now get a #Poppy100 Anniversary pin reminiscent of the first Remembrance Poppy distributed after the First World War 100 years ago. Assembled in Canada, this commemorative pin stems approximately 2.5" long and retails for $9.95. Get yours at www.poppystore.ca or call 1-888-301-2268.
It is with great sadness that I must advise you of the passing of Ken Baxter earlier this week. He was one of the longest serving members of Br. #115 with over 40 years as a member and for many years he served on the Board of Directors. Our deepest condolences go out to Diane Hodgson and his family at this very sad time. The flag outside the Legion was lowered on Monday for three days in his memory.
Continued get well wishes also go to Ian Peck, Mireille Lemelin, Dorothy Blaise, Sheila Smith, G. Rae Anderson and anyone else who is under the weather. Hope to see you out and about in the very near future.
Lest we forget…