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Community helps Atrium residents pay 'tribute to our heroes'

'This has been a time for us to connect with people in our local community as we honour our in-house veterans and Orillia veterans,' said Atrium official

Nov. 11 is a day we remember and honour the men and women who served and sacrificed for our country. Using Atrium Retirement Residence as a backdrop, the local community has worked together to create a beautiful tribute to our heroes. 

The residents and staff at the Atrium and members of the community, including Uptergrove Public School, St. Andrew’s Seniors Group and ‘Sing It’ Orillia Choir, have been busy making lawn poppies for Remembrance Day. 

”I am so pleased that my mother was able to be a part of the Atrium’s Poppy Project. Mary made the poppies her main focus for days and spent countless hours perfecting her technique of cutting them. Having had many veterans in her family, she was happy to honour them in this way," said Marlis Stewart.

Lorree Goheen, the executive director at the Atrium, knew that this year, like last year, would need to be different but did not want the importance of this day to be forgotten.

"This has been a time for us to connect with people in our local community as we honour our in-house veterans and Orillia veterans," said Goheen.

"We are very proud to display so many poppies in our yard, knowing that members of our community and the Atrium have come together to create such a wonderful message for all veterans," said Goheen.

"We are very honoured to have ... special gentlemen living at the Atrium, Edward Burgan and David Allan (and) Bob Jarvis who served their country during the Second World War," she explained.

"They will be present on Nov. 11 during our Remembrance Day Service at 10:30 a.m. and both have been invited to lay a poppy in the front yard display along with their families," said Goheen.

Atrium Retirement Residence welcomes everyone to stop by and enjoy the 2022 Remembrance Day Poppy Project.

Making every moment matter for the men and women who fought for our country. 

Please remember to wear a mask and keep physically distanced. 



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