It is a sign of the times when organizers cancel an event for the second time because of COVID-19 measures. Such is the case for the Victory Day Dinner and Dance fundraiser for the British Columbia Aviation Museum in North Saanich that was set for May 8.
Organizers had originally scheduled the event for May 9, 2020 to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day, but the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic forced organizers to postpone. Alas, the COVID-19 pandemic has persisted and organizers decided in late January to cancel again.
Speaking on behalf of the organizing committee, Kenny Podmore said the cancellation is disappointing.
“We had gathered together quite a number of veterans that were going to come in and be acknowledged,” he said.
Podmore said the event was going to offer a unique opportunity to honour veterans and several sponsors and donors had come forward to support the event. Organizers had also sold some 80 tickets.
“Everybody has been refunded,” he said. “But we have had a lot of sponsorship and we have returned all of it. People are very good and said ‘hold on to it, there may be another time.’ We didn’t think it was fair to do that. Businesses are struggling, so we just wanted to give it back.”
Ultimately, Podmore feels for the veterans, whose contributions will nonetheless never go unnoticed. They will have always have the public’s enduring gratitude, he said.
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