As a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, I urge you to take time November 11th to pay respects to our military. Past and Present.
Attending a Regina service is easy, there are two locations. The exceptional weather will mean the downtown service should be large, get to Victoria Park early for your best vantage point.
If you are accompanying seniors, it might be wise to bring a collapsible chair (just a thought). The Brandt Centre service will offer seating, get there early.
Place & Time: Brandt Centre on Evraz Place: Doors open at 9 a.m. Attendees are asked to be seated by 10:15 a.m. service begins at 10:30 a.m.
All military veterans are invited to participate in the Veterans Company parade and to be recognized at this service. seating is reserved for veterans with the parade assembling near the arena’s west entrance.
Also participating in this service will be RCMP and Regina Police Service members, corrections and emergency services personnel, and army and air force cadets, along with massed pipes and drums.
Among those attending will be Saskatchewan’s lieutenant-governor, Vaughn Solomon Schofield, plus representatives of Regina youth, local war brides and the Silver Cross Mother.
The public is asked to enter Brandt Centre via the main or east entrance. Seating is available for individuals who in wheelchairs or have special needs. If special assistance is required, call 306-522-2676.
For those wanting the outdoor experience, the cenotaph in Victoria Park, beginning at 10:45, is the place to be.
Led by a colour party and military veterans, participants in this service will march from the nearby Royal Canadian Legion branch at 1820 Cornwall St. to Victoria Avenue, then into Victoria Park at 10:35 a.m. The service is scheduled to begin at 10:45 a.m.
After this service, there will be an open house at the Legion branch, refurbished in the last few years.
At both services, collections will be taken to support Royal Canadian Legion war graves and poppy funds.
When you meet current military personnel or a veteran, make sure you introduce yourself, shake their hand, thank them for their service. These conversations open up a wonderful dialogue and it is much appreciated. You may find that you missed your calling and for our youth it’s never too late to get involved.
Thanks to the cadets that represent by being the bearer of the poppies.
( Portions of this copy courtesy of Regina Leader Post)