Over a thousand people gathered around the Windsor cenotaph at City Hall Square on Remembrance Day to pay tribute to the RCMP, Canada’s military veterans and those actively serving. The ceremony and parade took place on a cold sunny morning on Saturday, November 11, 2017.
Ninty-nine years ago on November 11, 1918, the Armistice Agreement was signed at 11:00 AM ending The Great War (World War I). Each year Remembrance Day is held on the anniversary of the signing to remember those who served, were injuried and or killed serving their country in times of war and peace. This year marks the 100th anniversaries of several important battles including Passchendaele and Vimy Ridge. This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the tragic WWII battle of Vimy Ridge.
Passchendaele is particularly remembered for the high price paid in lives during the Great War. Nearly half a million people on both sides of the war became casualties while serving their countries during this battle. 4000 Canadians were killed and 12,000 injuried.
“The Battle of Passchendaele is a vivid symbol of the mud, madness and the senseless slaughter of the First World War. In the late summer of 1917, the British launched a major offensive against German forces holding Passchendaele ridge, overlooking the city of Ypres, Belgium. The battlefield became a quagmire. Canadian forces entered the fray in October, capturing the ridge and Passchendaele village at a cost of 15,600 casualties — a high price for a piece of ground that would be vacated for the enemy the following year,” writes Richard Foot on the The Canadian Encyclopedia website.
Remembrance Day Ceremonies in Windsor Essex, around the nation, and right here in Windsor noted the sacrifices made during past conflicts including Passchendaele.