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Fallen honoured in Carstairs despite COVID

Ceremony held with maximum 15 people to abide by new rules
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Susan Curnow, Silver Cross Mother, lays a wreath of remembrance during the Carstairs service. Dan Singleton/MVP Staff

CARSTAIRS - Area residents were able to faithfully honour and remember the community’s veterans and fallen soldiers despite new COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings, says Marty Katz, past president of the Carstairs Royal Canadian Legion #53.

The Carstairs Royal Canadian Legion held its Remembrance Day ceremony with 15 people in attendance, the maximum allowed under current COVID rules for the community, at the legion hall Wednesday morning.

“Over the last few years we’ve had three or four hundred people attending our Remembrance Day service,” said Ratz. “So how do we fill that need in 2020? We did the ceremony as it has always been done. We are honouring those same people as we have honoured them for years. Honouring those who sacrificed is always the key and that’s way we’ve done.”

The 45-minute ceremony was live-streamed on the Carstairs Royal Canadian Legion Facebook page. The 15 people in attendance at the hall included Town of Carstairs Mayor Lance Colby, and members of the legion and ladies auxiliary.

Legion pastor Jeff Betker called on residents to remember the sacrifice made by Canada’s fallen soldiers and other military veterans.

“Let the memory of their devotion ever be an example to us,” said Betker. 

Wreath of remembrance were placed at the cenotaph set up in the hall. 

Among those placing wreaths was Susan Curnow, a Silver Cross Mother. Her son, Richard Curnow, grew up in Carstairs and was a Canadian solider who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan. He died in 2011.

The ceremony also included the recitation of the community’s honour rolls, which is made up for 10 First World War soldiers, 17 Second World War soldiers, one Korean War soldier, and one Afghanistan War soldier.

The complete Remembrance Day ceremony can be viewed on the branch’s Facebook page.