Fairview community acknowledges veterans in outdoor ceremony

Residents gathered outside of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 84 in Fairview, Alta. to witness the Remembrance Day ceremony in front of the cenotaph on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020.

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Members from the community of Fairview gathered outside of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 84 in Fairview to witness the Remembrance Day ceremony in front of the cenotaph.

Gabby Colbourne, president of the Fairview branch, explained that up to three hundred people generally attend the local Remembrance Day celebrations.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, attendance numbers had to be cut back this year. The parade was also scaled back and the entire ceremony took place outside.

The colour party made their way out of the club room in the Legion out to the front and the procedures of the last post were gone through. This Included singing “Oh Canada.” A DVD was also played throughout the service, which took approximately 10-15 minutes in total.

Colbourne said the parade is usually much larger and that after they would gather inside the Legion the club room to have a drink in memory of fallen comrades.
“Since we are limited to 15 people and with our staff, we are down to 12 others,” said Colbourne.

“There’s a limited amount of people that can come and have a flute to the fallen comrades. COVID has really affected everybody in this sense.”

The colour parade marched outside of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 84 in Fairview, Alta. for the Remembrance Day ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. KARLEE KAPLER/FAIRVIEW POST

The President of the Fairview branch noted how they were apprehensive about having a Remembrance Day ceremony due to the pandemic. Colbourne added that his wife and another individual that belongs to the Legion suggested that they have an outdoor ceremony at the Cenotaph memorial.

Colbourne said the Legion is working hard to remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic and that the income generated by the Legion is through their clubroom.

Residents gathered outside of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 84 in Fairview, Alta. to witness the Remembrance Day ceremony in front of the cenotaph on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. KARLEE KAPLER/FAIRVIEW POST

He also explained how we must keep remembering the sacrifices that were made by the individuals who fought in World War I, World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars, as it is because of the people who fought that Canadians can walk around freely in their country.

“We don’t want to lose the idea because my dad was a fighter in the frontline and fought all across Italy,” said Colbourne. “We don’t want to forget them, what they did for us.”

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