With most COVID-19 restrictions lifted, The Lacombe Royal Canadian Legion Branch #79, will have a "back to normal" Remembrance Day Ceremony for the first time in two years.

Kathy Hobbs, The past president and poppy campaign chair person talks about this year's ceremony.

"This year we're inside. We're looking forward to a huge attendance of it. It's a 10:30 start so we are asking everyone to be ready and on time at The Lacombe Memorial Centre (LMC) at about 10:15. Members will be at the doors giving out programs and ushers will be showing people to seats that are not reserved. Front seats are always reserved for Legion members, retired veterans and active members of the force."

"We have our dignitaries which are; our Mayor, both fire and police chiefs and our County Reeve.  Legion Chaplain, Doug Herbert, who will be leading O Canada and God save the King, has an incredible voice. For the roll call and laying of the wreathes, we will be doing it a bit different this year. We will not be calling them up individually. They are asked to stand, with their wreath, and then  place it at the cenotaph inside. The Lions community band will be playing throughout the service. And of course, as always, we have the Red Deer and District Pipe Band leading us off"

Hobbs says there will also be special tribute paid to Candy Greff, the Mother of Master Corporal Byron Greff, and the recipient of The Silver Cross.

"Yes, although Candy Greff is down in Ottawa and she can't be with us, it will be a part of my welcome and introduction of all dignitaries and certainly the honor of having a Silver Cross mother here in Lacombe.  I can't pay enough tribute to that."

Watch for poppy boxes around Central Alberta to show your support for our veterans and local Legion branches.


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