Doug Bird (red jacket) and Hozar Horinek with Chilliwack Society for Community Living place hand-painted rocks at the cenotaph at Veterans Memorial Park on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Doug Bird (red jacket) and Hozar Horinek with Chilliwack Society for Community Living place hand-painted rocks at the cenotaph at Veterans Memorial Park on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack Society for Community Living places hand-painted Remembrance Day rocks at cenotaph

Folks across Canada finding other ways to pay their respects, such as painting poppies on rocks

A handful of people with Chilliwack Society for Community Living (CSCL) have done their part to honour veterans this year in the wake of the pandemic.

The group, from CSCL’s Britton Service location, painted poppies on four rocks to be laid at the cenotaph at Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Chilliwack.

Half of the group of four, Hozar Horinek and Doug Bird, added the rocks on Tuesday, Nov. 10 shortly after 11 a.m. to a collection of other hand-painted rocks that had already been placed at the cenotaph.

They placed leaves on the rocks as stencils to paint the outline of the poppies, said CSCL staff member Pam Bourdages.

Doug Bird (red jacket) and Hozar Horinek with Chilliwack Society for Community Living hold the four hand-painted rocks at the cenotaph at Veterans Memorial Park on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Doug Bird (red jacket) and Hozar Horinek with Chilliwack Society for Community Living hold the four hand-painted rocks at the cenotaph at Veterans Memorial Park on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

With Remembrance Day ceremonies being dramatically scaled back or cancelled altogether due to COVID-19, folks across Canada have been finding other ways to pay their respects, such as painting Remembrance Day themed rocks.

READ MORE: ‘It means so much:’ Families thankful for painted poppy rocks on Remembrance Day

That same day (Nov. 10) representatives from the Chilliwack school district were also at the downtown cenotaph doing a live, district-wide broadcast of its Remembrance Day ceremony.

Four people with Chilliwack Society for Community Living painted poppies on rocks and placed them at the cenotaph at Veterans Memorial Park on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Four people with Chilliwack Society for Community Living painted poppies on rocks and placed them at the cenotaph at Veterans Memorial Park on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

READ MORE: Remembrance ceremony broadcasted live across Chilliwack school district

Folks are being asked to stay home tomorrow (Nov. 11) and celebrate Remembrance Day by watching a livestream of the ceremony from home, making a donation to the Royal Canadian Legion, wearing a poppy, and taking a moment of silence to remember those who fought for our country and freedom.

READ MORE: Chilliwack Remembrance Day ceremonies scaled back due to pandemic

You can catch a livestream of the Vedder Legion Branch 280 ceremony on Facebook: facebook.com/rcl280.

The Royal Canadian Legion’s National Remembrance Day Ceremony will be broadcast live starting at 7:45 a.m. (10:45 a.m. EST) at facebook.com/CanadianLegion.

The Chilliwack Society For Community Living (CSCL) is a non-profit organization that supports adults with developmental disabilities, children and youth with special needs and their families in the Chilliwack and surrounding areas since 1954.


 

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Doug Bird (red jacket) and Hozar Horinek with Chilliwack Society for Community Living have their photo taken at the cenotaph at Veterans Memorial Park after placing hand-painted rocks there on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Doug Bird (red jacket) and Hozar Horinek with Chilliwack Society for Community Living have their photo taken at the cenotaph at Veterans Memorial Park after placing hand-painted rocks there on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

The four rocks, painted by Chilliwack Society for Community Living members, sit above some of the many other rocks people have painted as their way to celebrate Remembrance Day this year. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

The four rocks, painted by Chilliwack Society for Community Living members, sit above some of the many other rocks people have painted as their way to celebrate Remembrance Day this year. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)