There are a number of events planned throughout Toronto to mark the occasion and remember the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect Canada.
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“It has been 100 years since the guns of the Great War fell silent but the act of remembrance remains crucially important. We must never forget the courage and sacrifice made by our veterans,” Mayor John Tory said in a press release.
“I encourage all Toronto residents to take a moment this week to honour all those who have served our country and all those who continue to serve to protect the freedoms that we enjoy today.”
Remembrance Day is a federal statutory holiday in three territories: Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut and in six provinces including, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
On Saturday at 10:30 a.m., Mayor Tory, Ontario Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell and members of the Canadian Armed Forces will gather for a re-dedication ceremony of Coronation Park. The park, located at 711 Lake Shore Boulevard, is a war memorial that recently underwent renovations.
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An estimated 47,500 Canadian flags will be placed on the ground of Sunnybrook Hospital on Sunday morning as a part of Operation Raise a Flag.
The campaign is asking people to donate $25 to have a Canadian flag placed on Sunnybrook grounds. The initiative raises funds for the hospital’s veterans facility and shows support for the veterans who reside there. The hospital holds this event every year.
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Beginning at 10:10 a.m. Sunday, members of the Canadian Armed Forces will parade starting at Union Station. Then 500 members will march north on University Avenue, symbolizing soldiers returning from the First World War.
The parade will split, with 250 members going east towards the Remembrance Day ceremony that is taking place starting at 10:45 a.m. at Old City Hall.
At sunset Sunday (4:56 p.m.) bells across Toronto will ring 100 times to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. The initiative is led by the Royal Canadian Legion and the Government of Canada. A number of churches are expected to take part, as well as city buildings and other organizations.
As the first world war fades further away in time, one way to keep remembering those who died in this conflict has been to progressively include the commemoration of the dead of more recent conflicts in Remembrance Day ceremonies, as is the case in the US, the UK and France. The commemoration therefore remains relevant to a larger population but also prevents the multiplication of special days for official state commemorations.
There are going to be several Remembrance Day ceremonies around the city Sunday, with most beginning at 10:45 a.m. The largest ceremony occurs every year at Old City Hall.
As the sun sets across Newfoundland on Nov. 11, a special afternoon ceremony is taking place to mark the end of the First World War.
"This is our way of sort of finalizing the war," said Berkley Lawrence, president of the Royal Canadian Legion, Newfoundland and Labrador Command.
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Throughout the last four years, Lawrence said there have been a number of special ceremonies to commemorate the 100th anniversaries of various battles — like Beaumont-Hamel — during World War I.
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"When you ring a church bell in a town, it signifies something significant is happening, so everybody is to come to answer the bell go to the church, go to the town hall, wherever, and that means there's a gathering," he told CBC's St. John's Morning Show.
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"So if you did that during the war, that would signify to the enemy that there's a gathering somewhere so what a perfect place to attack, to drop a bomb," he said. "So consequently, church bells were silent until Nov. 11, 1918."
When the war ended, and they were allowed to ring the bells once again, "they rang them loudly," Lawrence said.
This Sunday, in addition to morning ceremonies and events throughout Remembrance Day, Lawrence said legions across the country have organized co-ordinated sunset ceremonies. In Newfoundland and Labrador, 4:29 p.m. is the designated time.
For the PPU, conscious of the rising tensions of the 1930s, the red poppy had lost touch with its origins as a symbol of solemn remembrance. Instead, the PPU feared that the poppy had become compromised by resurgent nationalism. So they offered the white poppy in response – to wear it was to identify oneself as a pacifist willing to contest the increasingly disturbing political developments of the years before the outbreak of World War II.
"Even though sunset might be a little different in Port aux Basques than in St. John's, we're asking everybody to do it at the same time."
Lawrence, as well as various government officials, will be hosting the ceremony at the War Memorial in downtown St. John's Sunday afternoon, starting around 4 p.m. before the bells ring and a 21-gun salute rings out on Signal Hill.
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