The 2020 Walk of Remembrance has a new location and format to fit within the COVID-19 health guidelines.
Co-Chair of the Walk of Remembrance Planning Committee Neil Harris says, in order to avoid large groups, participants are asked to drive through the Lloydminster Exhibition Association parking lot to pick up their carnations and a resource bag which includes self-care items.
“We encourage people to walk and remember anytime on September 10th or anytime that week and encourage everyone to light a candle and place it near a window at 8 p.m. on September 10th.”
The walk is in recognition of World Suicide Day and the carnations symbolize a loved one lost to suicide. The walk usually gives an opportunity to families and people who have lost a loved one to suicide to talk with each other about their struggles.
“It’s a time for them to gather and support each other as they’re going through a difficult time. People look forward to this each year and we didn’t want to let them down. Even if it’s a different version this year because we can’t walk in groups at Bud Miller Park, we will be doing it in a different way and get connected with people.”
The event also promotes mental health and wellness in the community. The Walk of Remembrance is scheduled for September 10th at the Lloydminster Exhibition Association parking lot from 5 to 7 p.m.