By Mark Squibb/December 9, 2021
The Town of Paradise is taking steps to organize a Remembrance Day event committee.
Councilor Elizabeth Laurie, chairperson of the Town’s recreation and community services committee, brought forward the news during her committee report at this week’s public council meeting.
“The committee discussed the Remembrance Day service, and the concerns we heard from residents on this year’s event,” said Laurie. “The committee agreed to request an expression of interest for a memorial events subcommittee. The terms of refence will be completed, and we will be requesting members in the new year.”
A number of residents let members of council know that they were none too pleased with councils’ decision to hold a small, by-invite-only Remembrance Day ceremony on November 11 rather than a public ceremony. The Town cited the bad weather that day and COVID-19 restrictions as the reason for moving the ceremony inside.
The topic was discussed at some length during the council meeting following Remembrance Day, as all councilors had received complaints from residents.
The common refrain was that more people wanted to be able to attend a public ceremony, even if it meant standing in the rain.