Category Archives: Virtual Ceremony

TUC Virtual Veterans Day Service 2020

The Royal Canadian Legion was also represented at the virtual Veterans Day Service hosted by Touro University California.

Note that this recording is an archive. The original video for this event is available at

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Join Touro University California in honoring our Veterans for a Virtual Celebration hosted by the TUC Military Club.

The live event aired on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (PST)

Original description – Touro University California invites you to join our virtual Veterans Day celebration on Wednesday, November 11 from 12 to 1 p.m. via Zoom. TUC Military Club President and Master of Ceremonies, Kevin Calvelo, will host a packed program celebrating our veterans through poetry, music and special guest speakers. There will also be a moment of silence in honor of our departed veterans followed by taps led by a bugler from the US Air Force Band of the Golden West. This event is free, and all are welcome to join us as we celebrate the men and women who have kept our country safe throughout the years.

Special Guests include:

  • Congressman Mike Thompson, California’s 5th District
  • Senator Bill Dodd, California Senate District 3
  • Assembley Member Timothy Grayson, California District 14
  • Council Member Pippin Dew, City of Vallejo
  • Council Member Rozzana Verder-Aliga, City of Vallejo
  • CPT Cassandra Meredith, LCSW, California Army National Guard
  • Bugler, from the US Air Force Band of the Golden West

Virtual Remembrance Day Service 2020

Join US Branch #25, along with their comrades from other branches in the International Western USA Zone as they present a socially distanced, virtual Remembrance Day Service from Liberty Cemetery in Petaluma, Greenlawn Cemetery in Colma, and Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood.

The service was originally streamed on November 11, 2020.  You can access the full program here.

Commemoration Day Virtual Service

The video that was played on loop prior to the service was available at

The program for today’s service is available by clicking here.

All images and videos used during the ceremony were either original, open source, or were used with permission.

Open source images included:

Thank you to Legion Magazine for permission to include their “Military Moment” on the Battle of Beaumont Hamel.  The original video is available at

Thank you to YouTube user dog5011 for permission to include their “Sunrise Timelapse – San Francisco.”  The original video is available at

Thanks to our special guest speakers and performers:

Finally, I want to thank all of the members of US Branch #25 and the other branches in the US Western Zone of the Royal Canadian Legion, as well as members of our U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps – Arkansas Division, that provided individual videos that made up this service.

For those interested in additional information on the history of Beaumont Hamel and Commemoration Day (a.k.a., Memorial Day), please visit:

Finally, you can view the service that was recorded at the National War Memorial St. John’s, Newfoundland this morning at

[Final Reminder] Royal Canadian Legion – US Branch #25 Commemoration Day Virtual Service

You are invited to attend the Commemoration Day Sunrise Service that is being organized by the Royal Canadian Legion – US Branch #25, representing the San Francisco Bay Area, in partnership with the Digital Moose Lounge and Canadians in Orange County.

Commemoration Day 2020

While July 1st is a day of celebration in most of Canada, for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador it is also a day for sombre remembrance. In Newfoundland and Labrador the first of July is also Commemoration Day (also known as Memorial Day), when we remember the tragically destructive events of July 1st, 1916.

The first of July 1916 was the opening day of the Battle of the Somme, when 806 members of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment climbed out of their trenches and went “over the top” at 8:45am as part of the battle of Beaumont-Hamel. In less than an hour, the regiment was devastated, most killed or wounded within the first 20 minutes of the battle. The next morning, only 68 soldiers answered roll call. Commemoration Day was established in 1917, just one year later.

After Confederation with Canada, the province of Newfoundland and Labrador continued the tradition of Commemoration Day during the morning of July 1st, and reserved the remainder of the day to celebrate Canada Day. To honour this tradition, US Branch #25 of the Royal Canadian Legion, representing the San Francisco Bay Area, will be hosting their own Commemoration Day service.

The service will be broadcast via Zoom at two times – 6am and 10am – on Wednesday, 01 July 2020 and will last approximately 45 minutes.

Advanced registration is required.

To register for either of the broadcasts, please visit:

6:00 AM Pacific Time (Sunrise Service)

10:00 AM Pacific Time (Replay)

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We thank you in advance for your participation in this remembrance.

Michael K. Barbour
First Vice Commander, US Western Zone
Vice President, US Branch #25
Royal Canadian Legion