Three Hills Remembrance Day Service moves outdoors

Poppy Remembrance

The Three Hills Legion Branch #92 Remembrance Day Service is moving outdoors this year as COVID-19 has forced branches to cancel indoor activities.

There will be limited poppy sales although they will be available at the Cenotaph for this year’s service on Nov. 11, which begins at 10:30 a.m., so we can finish on the 11th hour.

Branch President Doug Lorraine encourages everyone to dress warmly and practice social distancing. It is important to note that there will be no seating provided at the service.

Three Hills RCL Branch #92 will be hurt financially by the loss of so much of our Poppy Fund money and the normal generous donations at the Bethel Evangelical Missionary Church annual service.

The branch is recommending two ways in which you can still help. The first is by sending donations directly to branch treasurer Karen Reynolds c/o Three Hills Legion, P.O. Box 1024, Three Hills, AB, T0M 2A0. Receipts will be provided for donations over $10.

A second way of helping us to remember is by ordering a wreath through president Lorraine (403-660-3222) or membership coordinator Ella Lammle (403-443-3286). Wreaths are priced at $30 (8-inch) and $50 (14-inch), and can be delivered to your business or residence or picked up at Three Hills Motors (Bumper to Bumper).

“I hope to see wreaths on display all over town to honour our veterans,” Lorraine said. “These are tough times but we can use public generosity to enable us to support worthwhile projects like the food bank and other charities . We are all in this together.”

Wreaths may be kept for future years or placed at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day.

Poppy Fund proceeds go to help veterans and their families, while other donations help the Legion to assist community charities and youth and senior projects.

One member observed last year that a few minutes in the chilly open air is a small price to pay when you consider what our veterans went through for months in the trenches of World War I and on the battlefields of World War II, Korea and the many other places where we have sent peacekeepers.

Our duty is to remember those who sacrificed so much so that we can live in peace and harmony today.