Veterans, today we honour you… your service, your sacrifice. We sincerely thank you for keeping our great country safe and free. 🇨🇦
— Municipality of Chatham-Kent (@MunicCK) November 11, 2020
Formal Remembrance Day events held by the Royal Canadian Legion Zone A-3 branches in Chatham-Kent on November 11 will be private, invitation-only events due to COVID-19 pandemic concerns.
“Out of respect for our members and the general public, we are asking residents not attend the ceremonies at local Cenotaphs,” said Zone A-3 Commander Len Maynard in a media release.
“We are encouraging residents to stay at home and view the pre-recorded session that takes place at the John D. Bradley Convention Centre.”
The ceremony will be shown by YourTV on Remembrance Day.
Residents are welcome to visit Cenotaphs after the 11 a.m. ceremonies while observing social distancing.
Although the pandemic is limiting the size of public gatherings, Maynard said the work of the legion in helping veterans, their families and the community through the annual poppy donation campaign continues.
“The support of the business community in placing donation boxes in their stores and offices has been a real boon to us,” he said. “The boxes have been placed in locations where donations can be made with limited physical contact.”
“Wherever you are at 11 a.m. please stop and remember the men and women who have made a sacrifice for this country.”
The Chatham-Kent Legions have also partnered with McKinlay Funeral Home to create a Veteran Tribute Video. It can be viewed, here.
Remembrance Day Municipal Hours
Municipal offices and most services will be closed Wednesday, November 11 in recognition of Remembrance Day.
Other services are scheduled as follows:
Cemetery Operations: Cemetery staff will be on call for funeral homes who require at-need sales.
CK Transit: Services will be operating normal business hours on Wednesday, November 11.
Emergency Services: Police, Fire and Ambulance are operational 24 hours a day, every day, and are accessible by dialing “911” for emergency calls only. The fire administration office will be closed.
Arts and Culture Services: The Chatham Capitol Theatre and Cultural Centre Administration Offices, CK Tickets Box Office, Thames Art Gallery, Chatham-Kent Museum, ARTspace, Milner Heritage House and Ridge House Museum will be closed.
Entegrus and Public Utilities Commission: PUC will be closed. The emergency call number is 519-352-6300.
The office of Fleet Services (PABC) will be closed on Wednesday, November 11.
Health and Family Services Building: The Health and Family Services building will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, including the offices of Employment and Social Services, Housing Services, Child Care and Early Years, and Public Health. The Employment Resource Centres located at 240 King St. W., Chatham and 786 Dufferin Avenue, remain closed. The Chatham-Kent Homeless Response Line is available at 519-354-6628.
EarlyON: All EarlyON programs are closed on Wednesday, November 11.
Libraries: All public libraries will be closed Wednesday, November 11.
Public Health Clinic Services: Essential after-hours Public Health services are available by calling 1-866-446-8207. Public Health Clinic Services, located at 177 King St. E., Chatham will be closed.
Provincial Offences Court: POC will be closed on Wednesday, November 11.
Recreation Services: Blenheim Gable Reese Rotary Pool will be open with normal operational hours on Wednesday, November 11. Wallaceburg Sydenham Pool will be closed.
Arenas: All arenas will be open for scheduled rentals.
Riverview Gardens: Reception and administrative offices will be closed Nursing staff can be reached 24/7 by calling 519-352-4823.
Waste and Recycling: Garbage and recycling collection services for the week of November 9 are not affected. Collection will be on your regular day. Please refer to the Recycling and Waste Collection Guide for further details. All Transfer Stations and the Chatham Leaf & Yard Depot will be open regular hours and will not be affected by the holiday.
Chatham-Kent Tourism: In observance of Remembrance Day, offices will be closed on Wednesday, November 11. To access visitor information at any time, please go to visitck.ca
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance services altered for Remembrance Day 2020
Some health care services offered at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance’s Chatham and Wallaceburg sites will be altered on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 in recognition of Remembrance Day.
All outpatient diagnostic tests will not be available on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. These departments will be staffed to meet the needs of inpatients and emergencies.
Ambulatory Care Services, Outpatient Rehabilitation Services, Pre-Surgical Screening Services, Diabetes Education Centre, the TIA and CAD Clinics, Pulmonary Function Lab, Outpatient Lab Services, Health Records and Patient Appointment Offices will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.
The Chatham-Kent Mental Health and Addictions Program Outpatient Department will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. The Rapid Access to Addiction Medicine clinic will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. For any immediate crisis, please call the crisis line at 1-866-299-7447 or visit your nearest Emergency Room.
Elston Pharmacy, located at the Chatham Site, will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.
The Oncology/Chemotherapy Department will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.
The Business Office and Cashier’s Office will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. Please note there are two bill changers in the building to accommodate change for coin.
Hemodialysis Care will be open on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.
The COVID-19 Assessment Centre located at the St. Clair College HealthPlex, Chatham Campus, will be open on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.
The Emergency Departments at the Chatham and Wallaceburg sites will remain open 24 hours daily.