Death threat caused public cancellation of Memorial Day ceremony: BC Legion Department

A legion department in BC’s Okanagan region says it had to change its Remembrance Day ceremony due to a threat of violence.

A spokesman for the Oyama branch of the Royal Canadian Legion said police contacted them on Wednesday and told them the threat came through the regional district.

According to department president Rob Nairne, the threat was “if the United Nations flag was flown at the Memorial Day ceremony, someone could be killed.”

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That threat, Nairne said, was enough for organizers to officially cancel the ceremony in Lake Country.

The department, however, still held a small ceremony, albeit at the Legion department, while an unofficial ceremony took place at the cenotape at Winfield.

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“As an executive, we took the position that it was not worth putting your neck on the pitch for it,” Nairne said, adding that they did not know if the non-specific threat was directed at the Oyama branch or other Legion units. in central Okanagan.

Nairne said the department took the threat seriously and said, “when the RCMP tells you something like that, we thought it was the right thing to do.”

Another view of the Winfield Cenotaph.


Still, the event continued, albeit in a much smaller way.

“We put up announcements that we were canceling it,” Nairne said, “but we still wanted to honor our veterans and we held a ceremony outside the department.”

Nairne said there was “a significant RCMP presence” at the ceremony, which was held outside the Legion Department. He said a pair of officers patrolled the perimeter of the Legion branch with rifles, which he called “completely unusual.”

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Nairne said the threat completely stunned him, as did the remembrance Day interruption in Kelowna and the cenotaph in Cranbrook that was vandalized.

“It doesn’t make much sense to me what’s going on out there,” Nairne said. “That day is the day to honor veterans – those who risked their lives and died, and others who put their lives on hold for years and experienced things we can not even imagine.

“What (veterans) did was make it possible for people to have the right to demonstrate peacefully and the lives we have lived here in Canada.

“And for people to go and downplay the whole process, as they did – the crew in Kelowna, it was completely out of the queue; the threat of violence – I do not even understand.

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“How can anyone have so much hatred?

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“The veterans fought for us to have the freedoms we have in this nation and we are more free than almost any other nation. I do not understand this with tyranny because we are being asked to get vaccinated.

“It’s tyranny because you’re asked to take a driver’s license (try?) I do not understand. What is going on in our society these days is quite mystifying to me. ”

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