In Photos: Remembrance Day Ceremony at The City of Windsor Cenotaph

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.

Over a hundred people gathered around the Windsor Cenotaph for the 2017 Remembrance Day Ceremony.

 

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.

 

Photos of soldiers left by relatives at Windsor cenotaph during Remembrance Day service.

 Korean War veteran Fred McLachlan, 82, during the 2017 Remembrance Day ceremony at the City of Windsor cenotaph.

Elderly female veteran assisted to here seat after placing a wreath at Windsor cenotaph.

Female military member salutes during Remembrance Day ceremony.

Veteran salutes during Remembrance Day ceremony in Windsor, Ontario.

Remembrance Day parade marches off after ceremony at City of Windsor cenotaph.

Member of military sautes parade as it passes by in Windsor during Remembrance Day.

Military veteran with her family in front of Windsor cenotaph after Remembrance Day ceremony.

Sentry stands on guard at Windsor cenotaph.

Veterans looking at wreaths placed at Windsor cenotaph.

 

For more photos visit our 2017 Windsor Remembrance Day Photo Album on Facebook.