Kelowna-Lake Country MP urges us not to forget sacrifice of others

Kelowna-Lake Country MP urges us not to forget sacrifice of others
Remembrance Day 2018: Whats happening in Toronto
A downtown church in Calgary has chosen to showcase poppies in a unique way ahead of Remembrance Day.

What started as a project with a few volunteers making knitted poppies has blossomed into a global effort with poppies being sent from around the world.

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Streams of poppies have been tied to netting and draped outside and inside the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer.

Introduced in 1921 by the British Legion, the famous poppy pin is worn by some to remember the casualties of war.

The poppy project was the brainchild of church member Pippa Fitzgerald Finch, who had seen something similar in England and has personal reasons for remembrance.

My father was involved in the Second World War, he was in Burma and my stepson was in the Afghan war, she told CTV News.

It was amazing how many people said, Oh, could I join and start knitting? We now have over a hundred people who have contributed.

Alongside the knitted and crocheted poppies from Calgary are contributions from all over Alberta and British Columbia, as well as 25 poppies from New Zealand.

As Canadians get ready to mark the centenary of Armistice Day, which saw the end of conflict in the First World War, this breathtaking display gives Calgarians the opportunity to pause and remember the sacrifice of so many.

Rev. Leighton Lee explained how important Remembrance Day is at his church, the regimental chapel of the Calgary Highlanders.

Its a major anniversary as we commemorate the Armistice, so theres no more fitting tribute really than to do something like this, he said.

Were very proud of it but were also extremely moved by the reaction people have on the street, stopping to look, to touch, take photographs and admire.

The poppies will remain in place until November 11 then carefully taken down and put away, to be brought out for next year.

The poppy project was the brainchild of church member Pippa Fitzgerald Finch, who had seen something similar in England and has personal reasons for remembrance.

Streams of poppies have been tied to netting and draped outside and inside the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer in Calgary.

A downtown church in Calgary has chosen to showcase poppies in a unique way ahead of Remembrance Day.

The country is set to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War on Remembrance Day this Sunday.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.