Riverview Manor residents, staff and families collaborate to deliver Remembrance Day service

‘It was a great team effort from everyone’

Riverview Manor held its first Remembrance Day service since 2019, thanks to a collaborative effort among residents, families and team members at the Peterborough long-term care home.

There was no Remembrance Day service at Riverview Manor in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but with a green light to host a service this year, everyone came together to ensure this important day was honoured at the home.

Unlike past Remembrance Day services at Riverview Manor, this year’s memorial did not feature involvement from the community due to pandemic restrictions still in place.

However, with everyone working together, Riverview residents were provided with the same Remembrance Day service itinerary as always, says life enrichment aide and service organizer Rosemary Roseborough.

“In other years there would have been a bagpiper and representatives from the legion, along with representatives from the different branches (of the Canadian Armed Forces),” Rosemary tells The OMNIway.

Residents and staff members were involved with the service, which included laying the Remembrance Day wreath and readings. Music normally played on pipe or piano was played on CDs during the service.

The service also honoured two people who passed away in 2020 and are missed at Riverview Manor.

Master Corporal Maury McCrillis of the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment, who had been the bagpiper at past Remembrance Day services, passed away in May of that year. Pat Byatt, a Veterans Affairs liaison, passed away in August 2020.

Riverview resident veterans Joan Brownson and Frank Lindsay wore their military uniforms and gave readings and dedicated the Remembrance Day wreath.

Family members also helped residents get ready for the service, Rosemary notes.

This was the 20th anniversary of Rosemary organizing the Remembrance Day service at Riverview Manor, an honour she says was made possible by strong collaboration from everyone.

“It was a great team effort from everyone, and I could not have done this without the support from everyone else,” she says.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Riverview Manor resident veterans Joan Brownson and Frank Lindsay lay a ceremonial wreath at a Remembrance Day service at the Peterborough long-term care home.