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Lloydminster vets overcoming ‘new norm’ Remembrance Day challenges

Local veterans look to adapt in order to continue Remembrance Day traditions.

Many residents have begun to purchase and wear poppies to honour those who have served in the military.

With the concern for public health front-and-center, the distribution of these symbolic items has become more dependent on self-serve donation boxes.

The proceeds from poppy sales go toward assisting veterans with medical needs, family supports and memorial services.

Vince Scott with Royal Canadian Legion #39 said veterans have remained engaged and resilient despite challenges they’ve faced to honour fellow colleagues.

“We’re definitely feeling it some days, but it’s all a part of working in the community and trying to put back into the community what we can. You give up some time to try and make it work.”

Along with being forced to close their doors for nearly six months because of COVID-19, the Legion has seen a decline in membership and volunteers.

Another way they’ve adapted is by setting up a virtual ceremony that can be shared with schools.

“We used to go to schools around Remembrance Day and teach the children about remembrance and put on ceremonies. We can’t do that, so now what we’re doing is we got together at the Legion and recorded a remembrance ceremony and put it on YouTube so they could put it on ceremonies at the school.”

The Legion is set to hold a live Remembrance Day ceremony on their Facebook page.

About Elliott Knopp

Elliott is a graduate from NAIT's Television Broadcast program. He has broadcast experience in football, basketball and hockey. He has spent nearly his entire life living in Edmonton, but has recently moved to Lloydminster for his career. He has an undying passion for CFL/NFL football, hot wings and Flaming Hot Cheetos. He loves playing fantasy football but has never won a championship.

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