Every year on November 11th, Canadians gather to pay tribute to the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country. Remembrance Day is a solemn occasion when we reflect on the sacrifices made by our veterans and those currently serving in the Canadian Armed Forces. In Ontario, Remembrance Day is commemorated with various events and ceremonies that allow citizens to show their appreciation and respect for our military personnel. In this article, we will explore the Remembrance Day events scheduled for 2023 in Ontario and how you can participate in honouring our heroes.
Remembrance Day holds immense significance in Canada as it marks the end of World War I, a conflict that claimed the lives of many Canadians. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, an armistice agreement was signed, ending the hostilities of the Great War. Since then, this day has been designated as a time to remember and honour the bravery of those who served and continue to serve in times of war and peacekeeping missions.
Ontario has a rich history of commemorating Remembrance Day, with a wide range of events and ceremonies across the province. In 2023, you can expect these events to be particularly poignant, as it will mark the 105th anniversary of the end of World War I and the sacrifices made by Canadians in all conflicts since then. Here are some of the key Remembrance Day events in Ontario for 2023:
Her Excellency the RIght Honourable Mary May Simon, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada will share her Message for Remembrance Day which is going to be read by a student. Following this message is another message from The Roal Canadian Legion, Dominion Command President, Bruce Julian.
During this day, The Pass the Poppy video by John F. Kennedy High School will be shown followed by a message from the Prime Minister of Canada, The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau.
The students from different selected schools of the Horizon School Division will honor the innocent heroes. Extraordinary tales of animals during World War I will also be shared.
Students from The Study School will create a video that honors Queen Elizabet’s many different roles throughout her reign. The video will focus on her influence on women during World War II.
On this day, students from Osgoode Township High School will honor the Veterans from Squadron 423. They will focus on the anti-submarine warfare during World War II.
On the Remembrance Day, 2804 RCACC, Support Committee, the municiaplity of Casselman, and resident volunteers will host the Remembrance Day Ceremony and wreath laying. Everyone is welcome to attend and witness this ceremony.
Students from Ehtseo Ayha School will create a video that will discuss the mining of uranium at Port Radium that ultimately led to the creation of an atomic bomb.
On this day, students from the Sir Wilfred Laurier School Board will honor the 75th anniversary of the United Nations Peacekeeping and the 35th anniversary of the Nobel Peace Prize awarding to the UN Peacekeepers.
The students form the secondary schools of Pierre-De-Blois and De La Salle will produce a video that will honor Lester B. Pearson who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his involvement in resolving the Suez crisis.
A video highlighting Canada’s longest peacekeeping mission in Cyprus made by students from King’s-Edgehill School will be shown.
A video made by students from Stratcona-Tweedsmuir School will be shown. The video will feature the Peacekeepers’ Park in Calgary.
The Day of Remembrance is a public event. It is designed primarily for students. Around 120 students from local school boards will go to the Military plot in Cataraqui Cemetery. There, they will place Canadian Flags on all the grave sites in the Military plot. After this, there will be a laying of wreaths after which the students will be treated to some refreshments and a chance to interact with Veterans.
On this day, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defense will deliver a message of remembrance. Afterwards, there will be a song performance from the youth choir of Pierre Elliott Tredeau Elementary School. There will also be a recital from I' Ecole Primaire de Valcartier.
On this day, Toronto will host a Remembrance Day Ceremony. The ceremony will include the Tower Bell toll on the eleventh hour, the Commitment to Remember, and a wreath laying ceremony. Everyone from the public is welcome to attend.
Participating in Remembrance Day events is a meaningful way to show gratitude and respect for Canada's veterans and active-duty military personnel. Here are some ways to get involved:
Attend a Local Ceremony: Find out about Remembrance Day events in your local community and attend one of them. Check with your municipality, schools, or local legions for details on ceremonies in your area.
Wear a Poppy: In the weeks leading up to Remembrance Day, the Royal Canadian Legion distributes poppies, a symbol of remembrance. Wearing a poppy is a small but significant gesture to show your support.
Observe a Moment of Silence: Wherever you are at 11:00 AM on November 11th, take a moment of silence to remember and honour those who have served and continue to serve.
Volunteer: Many Remembrance Day events rely on volunteers for organization and coordination. Consider volunteering your time to help make these events successful.
Donate to Veterans' Charities: Numerous charities and organizations are dedicated to supporting veterans and their families. Consider donating to support these vital causes.
Remembrance Day is a time for Canadians to unite and pay tribute to the brave men and women who have served our country. In Ontario, various events and ceremonies provide opportunities for citizens to express their gratitude and respect. Whether you attend a local ceremony, wear a poppy, or simply observe a moment of silence, your participation in Remembrance Day events in Ontario 2023 helps ensure that the sacrifices of our veterans are never forgotten. Let us unite to remember and honour those who have given so much for our freedom and security.
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