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RAISING THE FLAG – The poppy flag is raised in Veterans Square at city hall Oct. 25 by Joe Mewett, the president of the Whitehorse branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, and Commissioner Angélique Bernard. Preparations continue for the major Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Canada Games Centre.

Remembrance Day ceremony set for Monday

The annual Remembrance Day ceremony will once again take place Monday at the Canada Games Centre.

By Whitehorse Star on November 7, 2019

The annual Remembrance Day ceremony will once again take place Monday at the Canada Games Centre.

Doors will open at 8 a.m. for those with mobility difficulties, the City of Whitehorse said Thursday. They will open at 9 a.m. for the general public, with the ceremony starting at 10 a.m. and ending at approximately 11:40 a.m.

Whitehorse Transit will provide a free shuttle to the ceremony from the Takhini Arena between 8:15 a.m. and 1 p.m.

There will be no parking along Hamilton Boulevard nor Sumanik Drive near the Games Centre.

Bylaw and Recreation Services staff will set up designated areas and provide traffic control and patrols at applicable intersections and traffic lights, to facilitate vehicle movement before and after the ceremony, the city said.

Audience members are encouraged to vehicle-pool, use active transportation or overflow parking to assist traffic movement. Overflow parking is located at the arena and the dog trail parking lot (with access off Hamilton Boulevard).

The Games Centre will re-open for special hours from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Remembrance Day.  Most other city facilities will be closed.

Meanwhile, Veterans Affairs Canada personnel will be coming to Whitehorse for personal meetings. They will be available Nov. 12, 14 and 15, and be in Haines Junction on Nov. 13.

If you are a veteran or RCMP member, a family member or a Canadian Ranger looking to meet with Veterans Affairs Canada personnel in Whitehorse to know about the programs and services available to you, you’re asked to call Ron Pond, member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 254, at 668-2886 or  667-2800.

To make an appointment in  Haines Junction, you can call 1-866-522-2122.

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Juniper Jackson on Nov 7, 2019 at 1:41 pm

I am, among other things. a proud Canadian, and a proud Legion member. The poppy sales fund so many programs nationally and in our community. Everyone I saw this morning was displaying the poppy.. except me.. I was happy to find someone selling them..though, the poppy is by donation, not actually sold.

The poppy is not just about war, it's about freedom. We are so lucky in North America that war was not fought on our shores. I thank those soldiers, those men and women who kept the wars somewhere else, and my children did not have to wake up in the night to the sound of bombs falling on our town. While, as a Mother, my heart hurts for those children that did, and for those that still do.

I am sorry that world peace will not be seen in my day. But I support those that are working towards it, and some day, mankind will find it.

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