Move ceremony to park

Remembrance Day ceremony has outgrown area at Legion

Sooke has grown, and the very important Remembrance Day ceremony has outgrown its Legion Parking lot venue.

Unless we move the ceremony to a bigger space, children growing up in Sooke will only remember Remembrance Day ceremonies as muffled voices, the backs of heads, and long crowded waits. The children will not remember the speeches, the choir singing or the wreaths being laid during this important time, and Remembrance Day will soon lose its meaning to this new generation.

It is time to move the ceremony, or part of it, to a larger more public space. The parade route could easily end there. Ed Macgregor Park would provide the perfect backdrop for remembering those who did so much for our country (and still do). Of course we would need to come up with a way to get flag poles there but that can’t be too difficult considering the feat of creating the boardwalk.

The Legion itself will still continue to play an important role, and many of the activities may still remain there on Remembrance Day along with the ongoing tribute to our veterans via various functions throughout the year.

Just a thought to keep this special day closer to the hearts of our young people.

Carol A. Walling

Sooke

Just Posted

Passengers bound for Victoria say Sunwing left them stranded in Abbotsford

Company says late arrival led to difficulties securing accommodation, transportation

Third Victoria person pricked by needle in past week

Police say this one appears to have been deliberately placed

Sooke swim team competes well at end-of-year meet

The Tyee Aquatic Club finished off 2017 strong, as multiple swimmers beat… Continue reading

Police in brief: Teens nabbed for pot smoking near Oak Bay cop shop

Yacht club thefts, fireworks found and wakeful arrest in Oak Bay this week

Police ticket driver after van found perched on logs near Esplanade in Oak Bay

Ticket issued for Drive Without Consideration with a fine of $196

Community rallies behind Sooke boy with rare condition

Dozens called on government to cover cost of drug for six-year-old Landen Alexa

Senior randomly stabbed in B.C. mall food court

Woman arrested after victim, 71, suffers serious injuries

Cougars clipped by Bucs, remain tied for first in South

Victoria junior B puck squad neck and neck with Saanich

B.C. Liberal hopefuls begin final leadership push

Five MLAs, one outsider pitch policies to party members

Victoria hits the road after weekend wins over Kamloops

Western Hockey League club in Portland on Wednesday night

UPDATED: ‘Young, innocent’ teen hit during Vancouver shootout dies

15-year-old Coquitlam boy was in a car driving by the scene

Ontario man charged with selling Canadian’s usernames and passwords

Ontario man ran site that peddled billions of pieces of personal data: RCMP

Video: B.C. documentary features Okanagan ice climbing

First documentary for Penticton filmmaker captures elusive Okanagan ice climbing

David Emerson quits lumber talks as legal action begins

Former federal minister served as B.C. softwood trade point man

Most Read