A Cambridge man is taking a different approach to honouring Remembrance Day this year.
Will Eby is taking his wood burning skills to create a piece of art to be auctioned off. He says he didn't want to just wear a poppy and post a message onto social media.
"I see a number of people posting different aspects of 'Lest we forget,' different pictures and such, and I wasn't sure if that's how I wanted to express myself in regard to remembering veterans and such."
He got into contact with the Ottawa branch of the Legion to sort out copyright and proceeded to work on his wood burning piece.
"There's definitely a very high level of respect to veterans and what they have done for this country, and the sacrifices that they have made."
"I definitely make sure that on a yearly basis that no matter where I am---if Remembrance Day fell on a weekend---I always made a point to make sure I was at a cenotaph."
The piece is about eight by ten, with 'Remembrance Day' at the top of the wood canvas. It features the John McCrae poem, 'In Flanders Fields' with silhouettes of soldiers walking amongst poppies and the words 'Lest we forget' emblazoned at the bottom along with the date 11.11.19.
The money raised from the auction would all be donated to the National Poppy Trust Fund.
Eby says veterans needed more support to deal with PTSD and other health issues stemming from their service.
The auction will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, November 10. Just link to the WE Wooden Creations Facebook page.
You can also donate to the National Poppy Trust Fund, or to a local Legion branch through the organization's website here.