FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Royal Canadian Legion in Fort St. John, Branch 102, has cancelled all indoor ceremonies for remembrance day.

The Legion and the City of Fort St. John worked together to organize a small gathering of just 50 people and live-stream the ceremony from the Legion. That plan has changed after Royal Canadian Legion Command told all Legion’s in B.C. to cancel all indoor events due to increased levels of COVID-19.  Instead of the mass gathering, the Legion is encouraging people to stop by the cenotaph on 105 avenue and show your respect for veterans anytime in the afternoon on November 11.

B.C./Yukon Command of the Royal Canadian Legion told local legions they have to cancel all inside events. In a press release Friday, Command said small outdoor ceremonies would be permitted. “Small outdoor ceremonies with limited participation that follow the PHO’s requirements have been deemed as reasonable to hold and can go ahead as planned.”

The press release went onto say, “Although we cannot come together as we normally would, we can still take the time to remember those who have given their lives for the Canada we enjoy today on the 11th, and encourage others to do the same. We ask you to pause, remember and watch a local ceremony either on T.V. or on a local legion branch Facebook page.”

Even with the change in plans for the ceremony on November 11, the local Legion still needs help collecting donations for the Poppy Fund.  

According to Mike King, with the Fort St. John Royal Canadian Legion, most years, the campaign usually raises around $70,000 between Fort St. John, Hudson’s Hope, and Fort Nelson. Due to the pandemic, local Cadets are not allowed to sell poppies like they usually would. Cadets raise over $17,000 for the Poppy Fund each year.

The number of places you can buy a poppy has also decreased. You can buy a poppy from any of these local businesses: 

The Fort St. John Legion is also accepting donations online at www.energeticcity.ca/legion