Yorkton D-Day ceremony going online

Each June 6, the anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy is marked by a ceremony at the Yorkton Cemetery.

While COVID-19 will mean the traditional parade, the extended service at the site, and post event tea has to be cancelled, there will still be a small service.

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“The executive met and decided something had to be done to recognize veterans,” reported comrade Brittany Johnson with the Alexander Ross Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion in the city.

In lieu of the more extended ceremonies of the past, this year’s event will be shortened, and rather than have people attend in person, will be shown online via Facebook.

Johnson said the local MP Cathay Wagantall, MLA Greg Ottenbreit and Yorkton Mayor have been invited to lay wreaths.

Then there will be the spreading over the graves of deceased soldiers the ashes of the Remembrance Day wreaths that were collected and burned.

The shortened ceremony will go live online at 6:30 p.m. June 6, on Facebook on the Royal Canadian Legion General Alexander Ross Branch No. 77 - Yorkton page.

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