Covid Restrictions Silence Community Remembrance Day Commemoration At Welland-Crowland Cenotaph

Ken Cassavoy speaks to the gathering, left; spectators watch and listen to the service, top right; Sylvie Browne, granddaughter of the famed sculptor, Elizabeth Wyn Wood, whose name appears on the back of the granite masterpiece, travels from Troy, N.Y. to attend the service, bottom right. (2018 file photos by Joe Barkovich)

WELLAND – This notice is to advise the public in Welland and area that the Remembrance Day Community Commemoration at the Welland-Crowland War Memorial in Chippawa Park, scheduled for November 11th, 2020, has been cancelled for this year. 

This decision has been made to comply with the Ontario Government’s Covid-19 regulation restricting outdoor events to a gathering of a maximum of 25 people. Under the circumstances, the office of Welland Mayor Frank Campion also has recommended that we not proceed with the Community Commemoration this year.

As volunteer organizers of the event, Betsy Warankie and I (Ken Cassavoy) understand and support the Ontario government Covid-19 regulation and the related recommendation from the Mayor’s Office. Therefore, in the interest of the safety of the public during the ongoing pandemic, we have agreed to the cancellation of our commemoration service this year.

We are hopeful that the coronavirus will be sufficiently under control in the coming year to allow us to renew our annual Remembrance Day service at the Welland-Crowland Cenotaph in November of 2021. In the meantime, we take this opportunity to thank all those members of the public who have attended our past commemoration events. We also thank Welland city council members and city staff for their tremendous help and support, and the Welland Museum board and staff for their past support as well.

In the absence of our annual gathering, we urge everyone to pause for a few minutes on Wednesday, November 11th at 11:00 a.m. and privately pay quiet tribute to all the veterans and the other men and women who sacrificed for us, and still continue to do so, in so many different ways. 

To those who paid the supreme sacrifice we give our assurance that, while we may not be able to join together as a community to honour them at the Cenotaph this year, “At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember them.” Always.

(Source: Community Commemoration organizers news release)

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