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Essex Legion to host Remembrance Day vigil

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The Essex Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 201) will host a silent vigil out at the Essex Cenotaph, leading up to Remembrance Day.

  A similar event was held in 2018, in recognition of Remembrance Day and the centennial anniversary of WWI’s armistice. Around 40 individuals volunteered to take on a shift to stand in silence at the Essex Centre cenotaph. The vigil began around 48-hours before the 11th hour on November 11.

  This year’s vigil will pay tribute to veterans and fallen soldiers for their sacrifices for Canadian freedom.

  The Essex Legion is looking for volunteers to take on a shift to stand in silence for the vigil. The duration of the event will depend on how many volunteers are garnered. It is hoped the event will take place over a 24-hour period, but could take place over 48 or 72-hours, or more.

  So far, the Essex Legion has solicited support from the OPP and possibly other organizations as well.

  Those who would like to volunteer for a one-hour shift, or would like to learn more, can contact Essex Legion President, Erroll Caza, at 519-324-7438 or by email at elcaza51@gmail.com. Hours will be appointed on a first come, first serve basis.

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