We’ve put together a list of Remembrance Day ceremonies, services and events happening around Windsor Essex in this Remembrance Day Events Guide. Each year on November 11th Canadians pay tribute to those in the military who made sacrifices, served and continue to serve our country in times of war and peace. All are welcome to join in honouring their contributions to the freedoms we hold dear here in Windsor Essex and across the country.
Remembrance Day marks the end of World War I (The Great War) in 1918 when the armistice (peace agreement) between the Allies and Germany at Compiègne, France was signed. The armistice took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning – the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.”
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
Come honour the fallen and those who have served or currently serve while we remember the horror of war and encourage a world of peace. Remembrance Day ceremonies will be held at community cenotaphs and war memorials and other public places. Two minutes of silence, the playing of the Last Post, the recitation of In Flanders Fields, and the wearing of poppies are usually part of these Remembrance Day ceremonies.
Please Note: In order to follow the public health guidelines and the provincial gathering restrictions due to Covid-19, many of this year’s Remembrance Day Ceremonies are being streamed online, being limited to small numbers of participants, and other adaptations.
Town of Lasalle Remembrance Day Ceremony | November 11
The Town of LaSalle, in partnership with the Royal Canadian Legion, will stream this year’s Remembrance Day Ceremony on the Town’s YouTube Channel. The Town encourages members of the public to watch the service from the safety of their homes. A small number of dignitaries and officials will take part in a condensed service at the LaSalle Cenotaph. The service will be live streamed on November 11 at 11:00 am, and will remain on the Town’s YouTube channel for viewing at any time.
In a new initiative this year, a page has been added to the Town’s website that showcases a number of residents who were involved in the Second World War. Residents or families of Veterans of LaSalle, or the former Township of Sandwich West, who took part in the Second World War, are encouraged to submit their photos and information to the Culture and Recreation Department. The webpage will be expanded to include other conflicts in the future.
City of Windsor Remembrance Day Ceremony | November 11
The City of Windsor has partnered with the Windsor Veterans Memorial Services Committee, local military representatives, Windsor Police Service and performing artists to re-imagine a Remembrance Day program that follows public health guidelines while providing a meaningful opportunity to remember our heroes.
On Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., representatives of the Windsor Veterans Memorial Services Committee (WVMSC), pre-registered wreath bearers and government officials will attend the cenotaph in Windsor for a small ceremony, observing all public health restrictions for in-person gatherings. Spectators are asked not to attend due to the limited space and requirement to physically distance. The service will be broadcast live on YourTV and via Facebook Live on the City of Windsor’s Facebook page, making the ceremony available for all residents to safely experience from their homes. YourTV will also rebroadcast the ceremony at 4pm and 9pm.
Amherstburg Remembrance Day Ceremony | November 11
Amherstburg will be observing 2020 Remembrance Day virtually this year. Join the Amherstburg Legion from your home as you watch a solemn acknowledgement of the sacrifice so many Canadians have made and pay tribute with a moment of silence. The ceremony can be watched on Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/RCLBranch157 on November 11th at 10:45am.
Comber Remembrance Day Ceremony | November 11
A Remembrance Day Ceremony will take place at the Cenotaph located in Veterans Memorial Gardens to pay tribute to those who sacrificed and currently serve in the Canadian Military. Due to COVID-19 changes are being made to the ceremony. Marching of the colour party will be limited to a small number of people, laying of wreaths will be done in advance, school children will not be attending, there will be no veteran’s address, social distancing and will be observed.
The service will be video taped and once editing is completed will be posted to the Legion’s Facebook page.
The traditional post service fellowship will be limited to 50 people inside the Legion and a luncheon will not be offered this year.
Essex Remembrance Day Ceremony | November 11
The Remembrance Day ceremony in Essex begins with forming up at Cenotaph at Essex United Church at 10:45am. Wreath laying and cenotaph service to begin at 11:00am.
Please note, due to COVID-19 group size limitations, there will be no parade or church service. Any person who attends the ceremony should follow public health requirements including mask wearing and physical distancing.
Harrow Remembrance Day Ceremony | November 11
Royal Canadian Legion Harrow Branch 338 (Colchester) will hold a Remembrance Day ceremony at the Cenotaph located at the parkette (Veterans Memorial Park) at 11:00am.
Please note, due to COVID-19 group size limitations, there will be no parade or church service. Wreaths will be placed in advance. Any person who attends the ceremony should follow public health requirements including mask wearing and physical distancing.
Kingsville Remembrance Day Parade & Ceremony | November 11
Kingsville’s Royal Canadian Legion Branch 188 will not be holding their annual parade, however, on November 11, at about 10:55 a.m. they will hold a modified version of the traditional ceremony. Wreaths will have already been placed on the cenotaph ahead of time. Names will be read out as has been done in past ceremonies. However the Legion asks that people come to view them after the ceremony has concluded, and at a later time through the day.
The Legion branch, as well as levels of government and municipal services like police and fire departments will be placing wreaths during the ceremony. But instead of a parade going to the cenotaph, officers will be paraded to their posts. Because of restrictions for safety’s sake, no cadets or school band will be present at the ceremony.
No one will be allowed into the building other than to use the facilities and there will be no gathering after the ceremony. Only 50 people are permitted inside the branch at a time.
The annual dinner has also been cancelled.
Tecumseh and Riverside Remembrance Day Ceremonies Were Held Last Weekend
Tecumseh’s Royal Canadian Legion Col. Paul Poisson Branch 261 held a modified service outdoors in the legion parking lot last weekend. Comrade Don Lappan, Veteran, Branch 261 Past President, and 75 year member of 261 was presented with his 75 year bar and lapel pin following the service.
The Riverside Legion Branch 255 also held their ceremony last weekend and it was by invitation for Veterans only.
Windsor Classic Chorale Lest We Forget Virtual Concert
The Windsor Classic Chorale has a tradition of presenting a concert every November to honour the sacrifices made by our Canadian soldiers in war. Although they were not able to have an audience hear them in person, they still continued the tradition with their virtual concert “Lest We Forget” broadcast which premiered last Friday. The concert can now be viewed anytime via the Windsor Classic Chorale YouTube channel.
Xtra Nail Bar Miracle Mancure Day Supporting Adopt-A-Vet Canada
On Sat. Nov. 21 Xtra Nail Bar will be hosting Miracle Mancure Day with proceeds supporting Adopt-A-Vet Canada. Children 12 and under can enjoy regular polish manicures for $10. 100% proceeds will be donated to ADOPT-A-VET to assist in their mission to ensure veterans who have outlived friends and family are not left and forgotten. Then on Sun. Nov. 22, for every $50 donated a Veteran will enjoy a Mani or Pedi.
Due to social distancing rules children and Veterans must register and set up an appointment ahead of time. Space is limited. Xtra Nail Bar (1284 Ottawa St, Windsor, ON.) can be reached at (519) 973-9872 or visit https://www.xtranailbar.com
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