(Photo: Jo-Anne Godawa/rcl82.ca)
BY KELLY ROCHE
The men and women who have served in Canada’s military are being honoured during Remembrance Day events in Cooksville, Lakeview, downtown, Port Credit, Streetsville, and the nation’s captial. An estimated 2.3 million Canadians have served, with more than 118,000 making the ultimate sacrifice.
Commemorations* begin on Sunday, Nov. 8:
- A parade starts from the Cooksville Legion (456 Hensall Cir.) at 10:15 a.m.
- The Army Navy and Air Force headquarters (765 Third St., Unit 262) is leading its own parade at 10:30 a.m., followed by a ceremony at the Army Navy and Air Force Cenotaph.
On Wednesday, Nov. 11
In downtown Mississauga, a wreath laying ceremony is being held from 10:45 a.m. until 11:20 a.m. at the Civic Centre Community Memorial. The event, at the northwest corner of Celebration Square, is also being live-streamed
Two parades are being held by the Royal Canadian Legion:
The first parade starts from the Port Credit Legion (35 Front St. N.) at 9:30 a.m., heading to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church for a service. From there, a ceremony will be held at the Stavebank Cenotaph, followed by a reception at the Legion hall.
The second parade is at 10 a.m., starting from the Streetsville Legion (101 Church St.), leading to the Cenotaph and village square for an 11 a.m. ceremony. It’s also followed by a reception at the Legion hall.
The largest observance is held at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, where Governor General David Johnston presides over the ceremony. Roughly 50,000 people attended in 2014, according to Ottawa Police.
“Remembrance Day is treated a bit like a pilgrimage,” said Ottawa Tourism
spokesperson Jantine Van Kregten, noting each year, veterans or their families from across Canada make a point of attending the national ceremony.
An official broadcast
also takes place from Ottawa’s War Museum, where at exactly 11 a.m., sunlight shines through a single window in Memorial Hall to frame the headstone representing Canada’s Unknown Soldier. A limited number of free tickets become available as of 9:30 a.m. at the information desk. Reservations are not permitted.