The Portage Legion Branch #65 is preparing for Remembrance Day next week.
Branch president Bob Oldford says the ceremony will take place downtown at the cenotaph as it did last year in Portage la Prairie.
"We were looking at going into Stride Place but there are too many restrictions in regards to military personnel being able to parade and everything else like that," explains Oldford. "So, we wouldn't have a march or anything else. And then there's a whole pile of other circumstances, so we will have it again outside at the downtown cenotaph. We are working on the programming for that right now -- it won't be long."
He notes they recently received a letter of approval from the city to organize the Department of Highways to arrange for the closure of eastbound Saskatchewan Avenue to house the crowd.
"So, we need to pray for good weather," continues Oldford. "It will be streamed live again on the Legion Facebook page. And then whoever else wants to pick it up from there can do it, too. Then it will remain on a Facebook page for people to view later as well. It'll probably be about 15 minutes in length. That's what I'm thinking. There will be no laying of wreaths. The wreaths will already be laid because of COVID restrictions. Even in Ottawa, all the wreaths are pre-laid. It's just the way that things are right now."