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Here’s what’s happening for Squamish’s Remembrance Day 2021

Ceremony scaled back, but restrictions loosening at the Legion Lounge.
Squamish Remembrance Day 2021
It won't be a full Remembrance Day ceremony this year, but the local Legion asks folks to come down in support nonetheless.
Squamish's Remembrance Day events won't quite be back to normal this Nov. 11, but they are getting there. 

The Squamish Legion, formally known as Royal Canadian Legion Branch Diamond Head Branch 277, will once again host the gathering downtown at the Squamish Cenotaph at Stan Clarke Park. 

"It is still scaled back," said Arthur McLain, local Legion president. 

"It is going to consist of four flag bearers, one piper and one bugle [player]. We aren't going to have a sound system or make it a big to-do. The cenotaph is going to have to be cordoned off, accessible only to those participating in the event," he said, explaining this year's pandemic restrictions.

Legion members will be the ones placing the wreaths around the cenotaph this year, rather than members of the public. 

"To have the spectators separated. It is because we have no way of knowing or even checking if the people have had their vaccinations or anything," McLain said.

Events take place whatever the weather. Despite the pandemic and restrictions, members are hoping for a good turnout from the community. 

"We hope people still come down. They can stand along the sidewalk and at the back of the park." 

As usual, ceremonies get underway at 10:45 a.m. on Nov. 11. 

While the dream is that a larger and more typical event will be possible next year, there is optimism this year as restrictions at the Legion Lounge at 40194 Glenalder Place have been loosened alongside provincial restrictions.

After the ceremony on Nov. 11, folks can head to the Legion, where the Squamish Lions Club will once again be serving beef dip and buns by donation.

"From the 26th of October, we go back to being able to be at full capacity," McLain said. "Things are coming easier." 

Guests at the Lounge are not confined to their tables any longer. 

Masks are required when up and around, but not while seated. 

Vaccine passports are required to enter the building. 

As always, veterans, serving members of the armed forces, law enforcement, first responders and their families are prioritized, and McLain cautioned that the space can only hold 80. 

McLain said that the Local Legion is in good shape, with some new members, but could always use more younger folks. You don't have to be military to join. 

"Everybody is welcome," he said, noting he will continue to be involved but will be stepping down as president at the end of the year. 

"We make lots of donations throughout the community and we work with the municipality. For Loggers' Sports we do the Bed Races; we help run the whole show."

Membership is $50 and comes with perks, like a magazine and discounts at hotels, gas stations, insurance, and the like. 

Like other branches, the Squamish Legion offers assistance for folks navigating Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) programs.

A local Service Officer and Veterans Liaison provides veterans with assistance at all stages of the disability claim process, free of charge.

"It is going to a good cause," McLain said. 

Poppy sales will begin in the last week of October. Watch for them at local businesses. 

To show respect, the poppy should be worn on the left side, over the heart.