World War II veteran Carm Colvin, who is a resident of the Riverview Legion Apartments in Carman, stands next to Riverview’s latest tradition in honour of Remembrance Day and all those who have served. The tree is decorated with 100 poppies. (EMILY DISTEFANO)
Residents of Riverview Legion Place in Carman have found their own way to express their respect and gratitude to veterans this year - and they hope to make it a tradition in the years to come.
Arlene Karlenzig said she wanted to find a way to honour those who have served beyond Remembrance Day, noting that tends to be controversy about how quickly Christmas decorations supercede anything related to remembrance.
So, the Christmas tree displayed in the Riverview Legion lobby is now decorated with 100 red poppies in remembrance of veterans.
“I think it looks beautiful,” said Karlenzig. “It’s kind of like a memory tree.”
She noted that her own father was a veteran and her uncle sacrificed his life in the war.
“There are lots of memories, and I think of all the poor families that are without their loved ones,” she said.
The Riverview residents want the poppies to be the main focus of the tree, so even Christmas lights have been banned for now
Joyce Caldwell, who helped to set the tree up, said the priority is to make sure people always remember veterans and their contribution to our country.
“Please say thank you to our veterans of war, whether you know them or not,” said Caldwell “Thank you, gentlemen, thank you.”