A Coldstream man is sharing an idea on how to honour veterans in the North Okanagan on Remembrance Day with local ceremonies being streamed and the public asked to stay away. (Morning Star - file photo)

A Coldstream man is sharing an idea on how to honour veterans in the North Okanagan on Remembrance Day with local ceremonies being streamed and the public asked to stay away. (Morning Star - file photo)

Coldstream photographer pitches idea to observe honour veterans amid COVID-19

Wayne Emde says residents can gather on their driveways or sidewalks at 11 a.m. to mark Remembrance Day

For the past 10 years or so, well-known Coldstream photographer Wayne Emde has been a fixture at Remembrance Day ceremonies at the district cenotaph.

His thoughts on Nov. 11 often turn to his grandfather, Robert Twizell, a native of Britain who immigrated to Canada and immediately signed up on Oct. 24, 1914, to join the Canadian army and head back to Europe to fight the Germans. Twizell suffered war injuries, pneumonia, influenza and was wounded just prior to the end of the war in 1918.

Upon returning to his new home in Canada, Twizell farmed before retiring to New Westminster. He would spend every Christmas in Campbell River with Emde’s family, whose mom was Twizell’s daughter.

With Remembrance Day ceremonies in the North Okanagan altered in many ways due to COVID-19, and the public asked not to attend ceremonies in person, Emde shared an idea on the Vernon and Area Community Forum page on Facebook how people could honour veterans.

At 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, Emde is promoting the idea of residents going out to their driveways or sidewalks and observe two minutes of silence.

“I was talking to a friend in Salmon Arm who was trying to figure out some way to recognize the veterans,” said Emde, who, in 2014, spent the 70th anniversary of D-Day – June 6, 1944 – on Juno Beach near Normandy, France, where Canadian soldiers landed.

“I just thought about going out of the house, being distant and looking down the street to see everybody doing that.”

Since Emde made his Facebook post at 5:20 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 3, more than 540 people have reacted and more than 80 people have commented – all positive.

“I was surprised because I didn’t think it would grab that much attention,” said Emde, a retired school teacher and former community public relations officer at the Vernon Army Camp’s summer training centre. “There were no negative comments at all. That made me feel good.”

Emde’s friend Francois Arseneault, an ‘accidental historian,’ and curator of the Vernon Army Camp Museum, has shared Emde’s post with every military organization he’s connected with online, and to numerous community pages.

READ MORE: Walking the Camino

READ MORE: PHOTOS: Vernon Secondary Class of 2020 Photoshopped into history



roger@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Remembrance Day

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

California Quails like Saskatoons. (Harold Sellers - Contributed)
Get Outdoors!: It’s a berry merry season for Vernon songbirds

Columnist Roseanne Van Ee looks at the juicy dietary needs of local songbirds

Vernon is getting in the Christmas spirit with many homes decorating with lights and extras. (Caitlin Clow - Morning Star)
Christmas lights tour mapped out by Vernon realtor

More than 20 of the community’s best lit houses make up annual tradition

The video was used for (KGH Foundation - YouTube)
Okanagan filmmaker, poet win at L.A. Film Awards

Spoken word artist Shane Koyczan wrote and filmmaker David Nault produced the commercial

A man wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 walks past a mural in Vancouver on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marissa Tiel
212 new COVID-19 cases in Interior Health over the weekend

A total of 490 cases remain active; 15 in hospital

The roof is rising at the Okanagan Wealth Advisors Pickleball Complex at Marshall Field (Nov. 30, 2020). (Contributed)
Raising the roof over Vernon Pickleball courts

Upon completion, Vernon will be home to country’s biggest dedicated Pickleball courts

A B.C. Ambulance Service paramedic wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 moves a stretcher outside an ambulance at Royal Columbia Hospital, in New Westminster, B.C., on Sunday, November 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. records deadliest weekend of COVID-19 pandemic with 46 deaths; more than 2,300 cases

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provides COVID-19 update

Fossil finds at Mt. Stephen. (Photo: Sarah Fuller/Parks Canada)
Extreme hiking, time travel and science converge in the Burgess Shale

Climb high in the alpine and trace your family tree back millions of years – to our ocean ancestors

Kettle bells sit aligned in an indoor fitness studio. (PIxabay.com)
1 COVID-19 case at a B.C. fitness studio leads to 104 more infections, 6 school exposures

According to case data released by Fraser Health, one case of the novel coronavirus carries a big impact

Vehicles drive past a display thanking essential workers in Burnaby, B.C. on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marissa Tiel
B.C. changing COVID-19 case reporting as virus spread continues

Manual counting takes more time, leads to errors

Salmon Arm RCMP say some patrons have been harassing local businesses over mask requirements. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Police urge respect after Salmon Arm businesses report being harassed over mask rules

Wearing of masks in businesses and public spaces is currently mandated by the province

The Wrong Turn Tavern in Keremeos is trying to lighten the mood during this pandemic. (Facebook photo)
Keremeos Tavern has fun with some not-so-fun restrictions

Sign posted at the Tavern warns if you don’t wear a mask you must strip naked

Salmon Arm RCMP officers attended two public COVID-19 demonstrations held in Salmon Arm on Saturday, Nov. 28.  (File photo)
Organizer of Salmon Arm COVID-19 demonstration fined $2,000 by RCMP

Police said some participants weren’t aware of the public health order prohibiting gatherings

Black Press Media and BraveFace have come together to support children facing life-threatening conditions. Net proceeds from these washable, reusable, three-layer masks go to Make-A-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon.
Put on a BraveFace: Mask fundraiser helps make children’s wishes come true

From Black Press Media + BraveFace – adult, youth and kid masks support Make-A-Wish Foundation

Sunny the cat, who jumped out of the truck at the Revelstoke Landfill earlier this month, was quickly reunited with his owners. (Contributed)
Cat returns home with the help of two landfill workers

Sunny jumped out of the truck at the landfill in November

Most Read