The upcoming Remembrance Day will be different, but it will be an important one to remember.
The ceremony was originally scheduled for the Pason Centennial Arena on Nov. 11 — the only facility big enough to hold the tremendous amount of people from Okotoks and surrounding area who show their respects for those who have served their country.
And 2020 had added significance as 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War — a war in which Canada played a prominent role in the Allies victory.
Sadly, ceremonies, like the one at the Pason and Oilfields School, have been cancelled as Canada battles another evil — the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fortunately, volunteers and members of the Royal Canadian Legions are taking steps so that tasteful, small ceremonies can be done.
They have also made the effort to ensure stream-living is available for those who attend.
Hopefully, the change and somewhat smaller version of Remembrance Day ceremonies doesn’t diminish the recognition this country veterans and currently serving Canadians deserve.
Realistically, veterans of the Second World War and Korea are becoming fewer and fewer as Father Time takes its toll.
They must be recognized.
As well, those who have served in peacekeeping missions, such as Bosnia, Rwanda or fought in Afghanistan and other conflicts since the Second World War have seen and been through difficult times.
It is paramount Canadians and those living in this great country wear a poppy.
It not only symbolizes remembering those efforts of those who have served, but proceeds from the poppy sales will help veterans in need.
As well, stop at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 and take the time to remember those who have served.
Sure, these are tough times for everyone during COVID-19, but now it is more important than ever to remember on Nov. 11.