NORTH BATTLEFORD — Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 70 will hold its Remembrance Day ceremonies at Don Ross Centre this year.
That news emerged from Monday night’s North Battleford Council meeting, which also took place at Don Ross Centre.
The Legion had made a written request to the City to use the facility on Nov. 11 for the community Remembrance Day event, and also to waive the rental fees for that service. Both were approved at Monday’s meeting.
This marks a change in venue for the Legion Branch No. 70 compared to past years. Until 2019 the venue for the public Remembrance Day ceremonies in North Battleford had been John Paul II Collegiate. But the public ceremonies were cancelled due to pandemic restrictions in 2020 and 2021, with BranchNo. 70 opting for a more modest virtual ceremony conducted at the Legion Hall that was closed to the public.
The plan is to resume live ceremonies this fall, but it will not happen at John Paul II Collegiate. The indication is this is due to major renovations being carried out at the high school this year.
Instead, the location will be the Don Ross Centre, which will host the first public Remembrance Day service since 2019. Councillor Len Taylor called it a “great opportunity” for the city to “recognize the partnership we have with veterans in our community.”
The resolution to waive the fees carried unanimously.