21 new Remembrance Banners are unveiled “virtually”

Media release

October 23, 2020 (Stouffville) -- 21 additional new memorial banners were unveiled today at Branch 459 of the Royal Canadian Legion by MPP Paul Calandra, Whitchurch-Stouffville Mayor Iain Lovatt and Legion representative Rochelle D’Souza.

Because COVID-19 restrictions prevented organizers from hosting a public event, the unveiling was live-streamed. Dignitaries recorded video messages which can be shared with residents, constituents, and surviving family members of soldiers honoured on the banners.

“I am sure many of you would have liked to be here in person for this very special event. Unfortunately, like so many other things about life in Canada in 2020, our Remembrance Day observances will be changed by COVID-19,” noted Paul Calandra, Member of Provincial Parliament for Markham-Stouffville.

“Although community events may be diminished by the need for social distancing, the love and respect we Canadians feel for our veterans and our military remains undiminished.”

The banners, which feature soldiers from local families who sacrificed their lives during World War I, will be erected on Stouffville’s Main Street on October 27th and will remain until after Remembrance Day. The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville and the Royal Canadian Legion are both supporters of the project along with MPP Calandra, whose office funded the banners.

“I commend and thank Minister Calandra for his continued efforts to recognize and honour the heroes of World Wars I & II who came from Whitchurch-Stouffville. The sacrifices of these brave men and women should never be forgotten and these banners will ensure that their legacy lives on,” says Mayor Iain Lovatt.

“I am honored to participate in this virtual ceremony to commemorate the veterans on the banners of WWI soldiers who served with the supreme sacrifice. I look forward to seeing them along Main Street on Tuesday October 27,” says Legion representative Rochelle D’Souza.

The new banners will be displayed in addition to the banners honouring soldiers lost in World War II which were first hung in 2019.

“I hope that as families are planning safe and socially distanced outdoor activities to do with their kids this fall, visiting Main Street Stouffville to view the banners will be one of them,” Calandra suggested. “We have every reason to be proud of and grateful to the soldiers who gave their lives for Canada.”

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For more information contact:

Shelby Reesor

905 642 2588

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