With pandemic restrictions lifted, the Legion hopes many people will attend this year’s Decorating Day

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This year, Decorating Day will be held on Sunday, June 5 at Rosedale Cemetery. Residents are encouraged to come out at 10 a.m. and help plant flags near veterans’ headstones. The actual service begins at noon.

With all pandemic restrictions lifted, Royal Canadian Legion Branch #59 in Moose Jaw is encouraging residents to attend this year’s Decorating Day in large numbers to remember Canadians who have died in world conflicts.

Decoration Day predates Remembrance Day by several decades and was first celebrated on June 2, 1890, when veterans placed decorations at the Canadian Volunteers Monument in Toronto on the anniversary Fenian raids. Once Canadian soldiers became more involved in international conflicts – especially after the Boer War of 1899-1902 – the event became more famous and publicized.

Today, he pays tribute to those who fought for Canada in all conflicts before, during and after the First and Second World Wars.

Last year’s event was limited to a maximum of 40 people due to pandemic restrictions. Many attendees wore masks, while doing their best to physically distance themselves.

This year, Decorating Day will be held on Sunday, June 5 at Rosedale Cemetery. Residents are encouraged to come out at 10 a.m. and help plant flags near veterans’ headstones. A remembrance service will then be held at noon and will last approximately half an hour. Some highlights of the service include prayer, Bible reading, reflection, laying of wreaths and Last Post and Reveille.

In addition to Rosedale Cemetery, volunteers will descend on other cemeteries around the city, decorating the graves of fallen soldiers with small Canadian flags, offering a small gesture of honor to those who have served their country.

It’s exciting to host this year’s event, especially with all pandemic restrictions lifted, Legion President Roy LaBuick said. Most people are less afraid of being in large crowds, whether it’s children’s sports or adult events. The fact that the event is taking place outdoors should also make people less apprehensive about gathering.

After the service is over, the legion encourages residents to come to the legion building on High Street West for a barbecue which includes burgers and salads.
Besides the legion, it is likely that members of ANAVETS, 15 Wing and the Dragoons will also be present at the event.

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