Alternative Remembrance Day service on Westside

Wreath to be laid at the Historic Westbank Association on Remembrance Day.

For those who don’t wish to make the trip to Royal LePage Place for the Royal Canadian Legion Remembrance Day ceremony on Friday, the Historic Westbank Association is providing an alternate option.

At 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, West Kelowna is invited to gather for a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the cenotaph in the Westbank Community Centre parking lot.

Last year, the Legion’s Remembrance Day service was moved from the traditional location of the Westbank Lions Community Centre to Royal LePage Place.

The Historic Westbank Association wanted to still put on a ceremony for those who were used to coming down to the Lions Hall.

“We did this last year, just sort of impromptu, because (we knew) there would be people in downtown Westbank who would come out to the Westbank cenotaph to celebrate Remembrance Day,” said Gordon Ficke, with the association.

“We didn’t advertise or anything, we just said we’ll have something available for people who decide they’re going to come down. It’s a good thing we did because we had about 150 people show up. It would have been kind of sad if they had missed out on something.”

Ficke said that another purpose of the wreath laying ceremony is to give a short service to those who don’t want to leave the town centre.

The Historic Westbank Association would like to step up and provide this service for years to come, if there is a need, said Ficke.

“I don’t know what (the Legion’s) plans are; they may change back again. It’s a decision they have, but we’ll continue if people (show interest).Our organization believes in maintaining heritage in our community.”

Refreshments will be provided inside the Westbank Lions Community Centre after the ceremony.


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