Although it may be a low-key affair this year, the Ponoka Legion Branch No. 66 is glad to get back to an in-person Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 11.
The annual event to honour veterans past and present, as well as those who never made it home from wartime conflicts, will once again be open to the public.
Due to recent cold weather, the ceremony will also be live streamed from the Legion’s Facebook page, starting at about 10:50 a.m., according to Legion executive and poppy chairman Joanne Palechek.
Legion members and invited guests, such as the RCMP, Girl Guides, Boy Scouts and Air Cadets, will march from the ATCO Gas building to the Legion Hall starting at 10: 15 a.m.
Members of the public are also welcome to join the march, said Palechek.
Once the colours have been marched in, the live broadcast will begin.
Legion chaplain Rob McArthur will give a sermon and prayer and then wreaths will be laid by local service clubs and organizations.
Ponoka Secondary Campus
Ponoka Secondary Campus is also back to a full in-person Remembrance Day assembly this year.
The public was invited to the school’s assembly on behalf of the Broncs World Tour 2023.
The assembly will begin at 10 am on Nov. 9, in the school’s gymnasium.
A light luncheon will be served in the Hall of Valour following the service for those who RSVP’d.
St. Augustine School
Two Remembrance Day ceremonies will be held at St. Augustine School on Nov. 10. Both are open to the public.
The Grade 2 class will host a ceremony in the Primary Gym. There will be poppies available at the door for a small donation to the Legion. Please arrive and be seated by 10:30 a.m.
The Social 20-1 class will be leading the Remembrance Day ceremony for Grades 5 to 12. Please arrive and be seated by 11 a.m.