To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the City of Brampton will honour Remembrance Day 2020 online on November 11, alongside Royal Canadian Legion Branches 15 and 609.
“As the President of Major William Dwight Sharpe Branch 15 of the Royal Canadian Legion, Brampton, I am proud to participate in the 2020 Virtual Remembrance Day Service,” Brian Capon said. “Remembrance Day started in Brampton 100 years ago by one of the leading citizens of Brampton, a Town Councillor, and the Dominion President of the Great War Veterans’ Association (later the Legion). He was Major William D. Sharpe. He was instrumental in starting the 1st Remembrance Day in Brampton in 1920 and now has a street named after him. Since then, and with technology, we have expanded the Brampton Remembers program into the award winning series of events we now annually hold. I think Major Sharpe would be proud.”
Brampton’s Veterans of War and those who made the ultimate sacrifice will be honoured on the City’s Brampton Remembers webpage and flags at all City of Brampton facilities will be flown at half-mast.
The webpage will go live on November 11 at 10:55 am, featuring a virtual service including the Moment of Silence and Placing of Wreaths, and videos of Brampton veterans on what Remembrance Day means to them.
As a tribute to Brampton’s Veterans of War, the city will hang banners along Main Street and Queen Street in downtown Brampton.
The Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Campaign will launch on October 30 and run until November 11. Funds raised from this campaign directly support Canada’s serving and retired veterans and their families, while helping to ensure Canadians never forget the tremendous efforts of those who serve.
Residents and visitors can donate to the Poppy Campaign in exchange for a poppy at various business locations in Brampton.