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Remembrance Day ceremony at Ft. William Gardens scrubbed again

Difficulty meeting COVID-19 protocols means the service will be outside at City Hall.
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A Remembrance Day service was held at the Thunder Bay City Hall cenotaph on Nov. 11, 2020 (TBNewswatch file)

THUNDER BAY — For the second year in a row, mandatory COVID-19 guidelines will preempt the traditional Remembrance Day service at the Fort William Gardens.

The protocol includes limiting attendance to half the normal capacity, checking to ensure everyone is double-vaccinated, and possibly recording contact information of all participants.

Ken Milenko, a Royal Canadian Legion member and organizer of the ceremony, says "We certainly understand, but we just don't have the volunteers to support the work that's involved."

In past years, the service at the Gardens has drawn more than 3,000 spectators.

In lieu of the indoor ceremony, the Legion will host an outdoor service at the cenotaph in front of City Hall, just as it did last year.

Milenko said the service will be shorter than the ceremony that usually takes place indoors, likely 15 to 20 minutes depending on the number of people laying wreaths.



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