Saturday Nov. 7, 2020 Wetaskiwin community members braved the snow fall to pay their respects to the veterans resting in Wetaskiwin Memorial Cemetery.
Through No Stone Left Alone Wetaskiwin, children from Wetaskiwin Warriors Football and Wetaskiwin Soccer Club cleared headstones of snow and left poppies and mini-Canadian flags to commemorate the service of those who fought for Canadian freedom.
No Stone Left Alone Memorial Foundation is a Canadian non-profit organization that works with students to place poppies on the headstones of veterans every November. Part of their mission is educating students to honour the sacrifice and service of Canada’s military.
“ No Stone Left Alone Memorial Foundation is a non-profit organization working directly with our Canadian Armed Forces, educators across the country, and numerous volunteers to educate, act and honour our military fallen that lay in the Fields of Honour across Canada,” the Foundation states on their Facebook page.
“Through our ceremonial efforts, our main goals are to educate and engage the next generation as well as to help raise awareness and funds for our Canadian veterans, serving soldiers and their families.”
Wreaths on behalf of No Stone Left Alone Wetaskiwin were laid at the Cenotaph at Wetaskiwin Memorial Cemetery on Nov. 9 as well. President of the Royal Canadian Legion, Ken Schubert, City of Wetaskiwin Mayor, Tyler Gandam, and Corp. Michael Dennys of 3CDSG Signal Squadron CFB Edmonton were present to lay the wreaths and pay their respects.
Due to COVID-19 the Wetaskiwin Royal Canadian Legion Branch 86 will be holding a private Remembrance Day Ceremony that is closed to the public. The service will be broadcasted via Facebook Live on their Facebook page at 10:30 a.m.