At our October Blogger’s Meeting, planning for the November posts was underway and I wholeheartedly volunteered to look up and prepare a post that would inform anyone reading our blog where this year’s Remembrance Day Ceremonies were taking place throughout Niagara. Easy, peasy I thought, this should take all of two minutes as the information will be right at my finger tips !
What I thought would be a very easy search on the websites of the City of St. Catharines, City of Niagara Falls, City of Welland and Town of Fort Erie, unfortunately took a lot longer than expected – if I found it at all, and left me feeling a little saddened at the lack of history.
Top acknowledgement to the City of St. Catharines – Had it in the running banner, and it was a quick search to find a nice introduction and the following information:
Every year on Nov. 11 Canadians come together for Remembrance Day to reflect and acknowledge the men and women who served or continue to serve their country during times of war, conflict and peace.
During a moment of silence at 11 a.m. Canadians remember and honour the courage and sacrifice of those who fought for our country. The City of St. Catharines observes Remembrance Day at City Hall Nov. 11 by laying wreaths at the Honour Rolls and the Watson Memorial before joining the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 24 at the Cenotaph at Memorial Park on St. Paul Street West.
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 24 Remembrance Day Ceremony
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 24 will hold its annual Remembrance Day ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 11.
Schedule of Events
|9:55 a.m.||Parade will form along Church Street in front of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 24.|
|10:10 a.m.||Procession will leave the Legion and travel west along Church Street to City Hall. Wreaths will be placed at the Honour Rolls and the Watson Memorial at City Hall and the Last Post will be sounded.|
|10:30 a.m.||Procession continues west on Church Street to Ontario Street, south on Ontario Street and west onto St. Paul Street West, stopping at Cenotaph Memorial Park. There will be a police escort at the start and end of the procession, but there will be no road closures.|
|10:45 a.m.||Commemorative Service held at Memorial Park Cenotaph.|
|11 a.m.||Two minutes of silence will be observed.|
Other Remembrance Day Ceremonies
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 350
57 Lakeport Rd. Sunday, Nov. 9 10:30 a.m. to noon – Service and parade
Royal Canadian Legion Polish Veterans Branch 418
294 Vine St. Sunday, Nov. 9 Noon – Service
In second place, comes the City of Welland, scrolling down on their Home page, I found the following link to an invitation to the Annual Remembrance Day Service – below:
You are cordially invited to attend the
ANNUAL REMEMBRANCE DAY
PARADE AND SERVICE
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Parade and Ceremony
When: November 2, 2014, 1:45 pm
Where: Chippawa Park Cenotaph, First Avenue, Welland
REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE
The service will begin at 10:45 am (approx.).
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 4 invites everyone to attend this service. Due to the limited time available, only the service will be performed. All speeches and presentations will have already taken place at Chippawa Park on Sunday, November 2. Morningstar Avenue will be blocked to traffic by 10:30 am. It is advisable to arrive before then or use the back entrance off of Ontario Road.
NOVEMBER 1 TO 11
LEST WE FORGET
THEY SERVED TILL DEATH – WHY NOT WE?
In third comes the Town of Fort Erie – quick link on their home page brought me to the info below:
|Rememberance Day Parade|
|Sunday November 9, 2014. Parade from Legion to Cenotaph for Service then parade back to Legion Branch 71, corner of Garrison and Central Ave. Parade starts at 2 p.m.|
Sadly, in last place I have to put the City of Niagara Falls – see below:
No results found for my search.
Surprisingly enough they had a feature on the home page about the 1812 Bicentennial Celebration taking place February 2015. Did I miss something? If there are ceremonies going on in Niagara Falls – please send us the information – we’d be happy to post it.
Tuesday, November 11th is Remembrance Day, if you are in St. Catharines, I may see you at the Commemorative Service held at the Cenotaph, as the YWCA lays a wreathe in memory and thanks to the many men and women that fought for, and continue to fight our freedom.
Update Before Post Deadline: Just got an email, and checked it out – the Regional Municipality of Niagara’s website came through big time and provided the list of Remembrance Day Services – throughout the Region. Sharing with everyone below:
On November 11, remember those men and women who served and sacrificed to protect the freedom that we graciously enjoy today.
All regional offices will be open on November 11 except for the Provincial Offences Court.
Remembrance Day Services in Niagara Region
The following is a list of services in Niagara region. There may be other services in your community that are not listed here.
|City / Town||Address||Date||Start Time|
|Fort Erie||Mather Arch 130 Garrison Rd.||Nov. 9, 2014||1 p.m.|
|Ridgeway Cenotaph 228 South Mill St.||Nov. 11, 2014||11 a.m.|
|Stevensville Hall 2508 Stevensville Rd.||Nov. 9, 2014||2 p.m.|
|Grimbsy||Grimsby Cenotaph 233 Elizabeth St.||Nov. 11, 2014||11 a.m.|
|Niagara Falls||Gale Centre 4171 Fourth Ave.||Nov. 11, 2014||11 a.m.|
|Niagara-on-the-Lake||St. Mark’s Church 41 Byron St.||Nov. 11, 2014||Noon|
|Pelham||Centennial Park 999 Church St.||Nov. 9, 2014||8:30 a.m.|
|Old Pelham Town Hall 491 Canboro Rd.||Nov. 11, 2014||11 a.m.|
||Nov. 11, 2014||10:45 a.m.|
|St. Catharines||Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 24) Church St.||Nov. 11, 2014||9:55 a.m.|
|Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 350) 57 Lakeport Rd.||Nov. 9, 2014||10:30 a.m.|
|Royal Canadian Legion (Polish Veterans Branch 418) 294 Vine St.||Nov. 9, 2014||Noon|
|Thorold||Royal Canadian Legion 3 Ormond St. S.||Nov. 9, 2014||1 p.m.|
|Royal Canadian Legion (Memorial Park) 20 Chapel St. S.||Nov. 11, 2014||10:30 a.m.|
|Welland||Royal Canadian Legion 363 Morningstar Ave.||Nov. 11, 2014||10:45 a.m.|
|West Lincoln||Royal Canadian Legion 172 St. Catharines St.||Nov. 11, 2014||10:45 a.m.|
If you know of additional public ceremonies you’d like see added to this page, send them to us now.
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