Memorial Ceremony Returns to Glenwood Center in Port Albernia

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 293 in Port Alberni looks forward to bringing back its indoor Remembrance Day ceremony for the first time in over two years.

The annual Remembrance Day ceremony returns to the Glenwood Center on Vimy Street on Friday, November 11. The last time the ceremony was held indoors was November 2019.

“We’re trying to set it up exactly the same as we used to,” explained former Legion chairman Tim Murphy.

The ceremony will begin around 10:45 AM, but organizers are asking people to be seated by 10:30 AM. The Glenwood Center ceremony is usually popular, and those arriving late will find that the event is standing room only.

Following the ceremony at the Glenwood Center, community members are invited to a short ceremony at the Greenwood Cemetery, where they can pay their respects at the Field of Honor, Vietnam Veterans Tomb and Hupacasath First Nation Cemetery.

The Legion branch on Victoria Quay will be open to the public after the ceremony.

Members of the Legion are pleased to see a “return to normal,” Murphy said, after two years of outdoor ceremonies and COVID-19 restrictions. When the pandemic was declared in 2020, the industry – like many other community organizations – was forced to close the hall and all fundraising events.

The lounge is now open again to members and the general public for bar service, with no restrictions, and is available for hire again. Last month, the branch hosted a benefit concert “Idols & Icons”, featuring musician Mick Dalla-Vee. It was a sold out event.

“It went really well,” Murphy said.

Something else that looks different this year is the Poppy campaign. For the first time since 2019, Legion members can personally staff the tables and offer poppies to the community through a donation. Members of the Legion will be in “all the normal places” in the city, Murphy said, including grocery stores, liquor stores and Walmart.

“We haven’t been able to do this for two years,” Murphy said.

Donations to the Poppy campaign go to the Legion to provide financial aid and support to veterans and their families in need.
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