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Brampton to commemorate Remembrance Day 2020 online


BRAMPTON, ON (October 27, 2020) – To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the City of Brampton will honour Remembrance Day 2020 online on November 11, alongside Royal Canadian Legion Branches 15 and 609.

Brampton’s Veterans of War and those who made the ultimate sacrifice will be honoured on the City’s Brampton Remembers webpage and flags at all City of Brampton facilities will be flown at half-mast.

The webpage will go live on November 11 at 10:55 am, featuring a virtual service including the Moment of Silence and Placing of Wreaths, and videos of Brampton veterans on what Remembrance Day means to them.

As a tribute to Brampton’s Veterans of War, the City will hang banners along Main Street and Queen Street in downtown Brampton.

Poppy Campaign launch – October 30

The Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Campaign will launch on October 30 and run until November 11. Funds raised from this campaign directly support Canada's serving and retired veterans and their families, while helping to ensure Canadians never forget the tremendous efforts of those who serve. Residents and visitors can donate to the Poppy Campaign in exchange for a poppy at various business locations in Brampton. 

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“While we may not be able to gather in person to commemorate this Remembrance Day due to COVID-19, our Brampton Remembers webpage provides the opportunity on November 11 for all to honour our Veterans of War and those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Lest we forget.”

- Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton

“City staff have created a special online space to recognize Remembrance Day with Royal Canadian Legion Branches 15 and 609. This is an important ceremony that everyone can access by visiting the Brampton Remembers webpage.”

- David Barrick, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Brampton

“As the President of Major William Dwight Sharpe Branch 15 of the Royal Canadian Legion, Brampton, I am proud to participate in the 2020 Virtual Remembrance Day Service. Remembrance Day started in Brampton 100 years ago by one of the leading citizens of Brampton, a Town Councillor, and the Dominion President of the Great War Veterans’ Association (later the Legion). He was Major William D. Sharpe. He was instrumental in starting the 1st Remembrance Day in Brampton in 1920 and now has a street named after him. Since then, and with technology, we have expanded the Brampton Remembers program into the award winning series of events we now annually hold. I think Major Sharpe would be proud.” 

- Brian Capon, President, Maj. Wm. Dwight Sharpe Branch 15, Royal Canadian Legion, Brampton

“Again this year, we have partnered with the City of Brampton, to acknowledge Remembrance Day. It will be different this year as the Service of Remembrance will be online. We recognize all those who put themselves in danger to protect our freedom, and thank them for their service and their sacrifice. Be sure to visit the Brampton Remembers webpage at 10:55 am on November 11.”

- Judy-Ann Taylor, President, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 609

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