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Lethbridge residents encouraged to pause to honour veterans on Remembrance Day

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Wednesday is Remembrance Day and because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, how we honour our veterans will look a little different this year.

A couple of ceremonies planned in Lethbridge at Mountainview Cemetery and at Battery Point at Henderson Lake were cancelled late last week.

There will however, still be a small ceremony at the Cenotaph downtown but only for a very select few.

Legion spokesman Glenn Miller says it’s important to remember no matter what you’re doing on November 11th.

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He says “wherever you are, stop at 11 o’clock and pause for two minutes and be thankful for what he have here. In society, we don’t do that but when it first started after the war, the society at that time came to a complete stop.”

The General Stewart Legion Branch won’t be open Wednesday either as has been tradition in the past.

Information on Remembrance Day 2020 from City of Lethbridge:
• Due to COVID-19, the Royal Canadian Legion General Stewart Branch cancelled its ceremony at Exhibition Park
• There will be a scaled-back ceremony at the Cenotaph
• Additional precautions will be added including an area for no more than 100 people to be blocked-off and reserved around the Cenotaph and 25 chairs for Veterans in the reserved area
• The Legion is encouraging the public not to attend because of the space around the cenotaph because of social distancing and gathering size limits
• There will be an event livestream starting at 10:40 a.m. on Facebook through the Lethbridge Legion, General Stewart Branch #4
• The 429 City of Lethbridge Squadron will not be doing a fly-over, but local resident Geoffrey Brayne has volunteered to do a fly-pass in a Harvard Mark IV.
• The Military Museum is also scheduled to be open from noon until 4 p.m. on Remembrance Day.

On Nov. 2, Lethbridge City Council unanimously approved:
• To declare Remembrance Week from Thursday, Nov. 5 to Wednesday Nov. 11
• That the City fly the Poppy Flag with Flag Raising on Nov. 5
• During Remembrance Week, 4th Avenue between 9th and 11th Street South be named Veterans Avenue and a banner be installed on 4th Avenue (provided by the Legion) with costs funded by the City.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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