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.
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.
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.
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.
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.