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Remembrance Day Salute to our veterans and troops

See our list of Remembrance Day events and stories relating to the day of commemoration below.


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Remembrance Day Events

Julie Dabrusin 035 Remembrance Day finalEast York Civic Centre Memorial Gardens, 850 Coxwell Avenue:
10:30 a.m.: East York Parade begins from East York Collegiate, ending at the East York Civic Centre‘s Cenotaph. March past salute; “O Canada”; opening remarks; “The Last Post”; Two Minutes of Silence; lament; ”The Act of Remembrance” recited by Zone D3 Deputy Commander Lily Phillips; Promise to Remember; Hymns and prayers. Commitment to Remember, remarks by City Councillor Janet Davis; Placing of wreaths at Cenotaph; Performance of “Remember Them Well” by the First Light Scout Band, 236th Toronto Scout Group and Scouts Canada. Memorial service by Reverend Jim Parker; Prayer of Invocation; “Litany For World Peace”; Hymn “Oh God, Our Help in Ages Past””; Benediction; Closing remarks by Commander Phillips; singing of “God Save the Queen”; then parade marches past and dismissal.

Kew Gardens Cenotaph, 2075 Queen St. E.:
10:30-noon: March from Corpus Christie Church (16 Lockwood Road) to Kew Gardens Cenotaph.  Laying of wreaths, remarks by local political representatives.

Mary Fragedakis 024Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 1/42 (Baron Byng Branch), 243 Coxwell Avenue:
10:30 am: Joining march from Corpus Christie to Kew Gardens, followed by a March back to Woodbine and Queen.  Reception from noon with free lunch, entertainment including DJ and live music. *Dress code: casual but neat.

Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 10 (Todmorden Branch), 1083 Pape Avenue:
10 a.m. Bus leaves for East York Collegiate to join parade. 1:30-6: entertainment with Rob Martine plus DJ, pipe and drum band. Free pub style food including meat pies and mash ‘n peas. Dress code: smart casual. *Completely accessible.

Donlands Diner 035finalhttp://www.donlandsdiner.comRoyal Canadian Legion, Branch 11 (East Toronto Branch), 9 Dawes Road:
10 am: Meet at East York Collegiate for a parade to the Epitaph at the East York Civic Centre.

Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 22 (Woodbine Heights), 1240 Woodbine Avenue:
12 pm: Free lunch.  Fun continues until midnight or 1 a.m., including cash bar, “music and a good time.”

Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 345 (Brig. OM Martin Branch), 81 Peard Road:
1 pm: Parade around the block at branch, followed by a service outside the branch’s cenotaph. Free light lunch.  Isotones band to play from 2 to 4 pm.  Dress code: casual but neat

Naval Club of Toronto, 1910 Gerrard Street East: Mike's Fish & Chips 035 RD
2 pm: Ceremony (including ringing of a bell for each naval ship sunk) followed by reception including live music performed by Martin Gladstone. Free buffet! *Strict dress code: shirts, ties, jackets for the gentlemen and skirts, dresses, trousers, blouses, for the ladies. *No Jeans and absolutely no hats!

Sunnybrook Hospital Veteran Centre (K&L wing), 2075 Bayview Avenue:
10 a.m. – noon: Ceremony for staff, residents and families, public invited. Laying of wreath, speech by MP Rob Oliphant. Walk to Bayview Cenotaph for laying of wreath by provincial MPP Arthur Potts.

Original ‘Wartime Radio’ shows at Hope United Church will resonate with Remembrance Day

Hope United 035In commemoration of Remembrance Day, an original play, “The War Time Radio Show” will run at East York’s Hope United Church auditorium over the weekend of November 10, 11 and 12 again this year.

Presented by The Hope United Players, the historical drama was written and directed by Brian Stevens, the student minister at Hope United.  It will run at 7:30 pm on the Friday and on Remembrance Day and there will be a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on the 12th.

Mr. Stevens wrote the show in 1999 based on the history CFCY Radio in Charlottetown PEI but he has since adapted it to include East Toronto references.  Set in 1944, the performance showing how radio was produced and utilized during the Second World War era features jingles, comedy sketches, news reports, a Salada Tea contest, and “Letters Across Waves” composed for loved ones fighting overseas.

Arthur Potts 035 RDAll of the names of the characters in the show are real people who worked in radio in the 1940’s.  As part of the production you will hear familiar songs such as “We’ll Meet Again”, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and “White Cliffs of Dover” and including sing-along tunes such as “Bless ‘Em All”, “Pack Up Your Troubles” and “Lilli Marlene”.

Ticket price are $15 for adults, $12 for Seniors and students or $40 for a family of four. Tickets are available in advance through or by calling 416-691-9682 and should also still be available at the door.

St. John’s York Mills gets a special Vimy battle anniversary gift

Rob Oliphant MP presents the Vimy Oak tree with parishioners at Saint Johns York Mills Anglican Church -COURTESY

Rob Oliphant MP presents the Vimy Oak tree with parishioners at Saint Johns York Mills Anglican Church -COURTESY

On Sunday November 5 Rob Oliphant, Member of Parliament for Don Valley West, joined parishioners of St. John’s York Mills Anglican Church to mark Remembrance Day and honour the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge with the presentation of a Vimy Ridge oak sapling tree.

The small oak was obtained by Mr. Oliphant from the Vimy Oaks Legacy Corporation, a not-for-profit corporation made up of volunteers promoting the legacy and memory of Canadian combatants in the First World War through the planting of “Vimy Oak” saplings.  These saplings can be directly traced to an oak tree from Vimy.  An acorn transported from Vimy, France was planted in Canada by Canadian First World War veteran Lieutenant Leslie Miller following his tour of duty.  The Battle of Vimy Ridge is particularly significant to St. John’s as its cemetery is the burial place of Walter Seymour Allward, creator of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial.  Mr. Allward worked on the massive limestone memorial from 1921 until its completion and official dedication by King Edward VIII in 1936.  Allward, perhaps Canada’s most significant memorial sculptor, died in Toronto in 1955.

“As we approach Remembrance Day, we recognize the sacrifices made by the women and men who have served in Canada’s armed forces. This year marks the one-hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, considered by many to be the defining moment in our country’s history,” Oliphant said.

“The thousands of Canadian troops who fought and won Vimy Ridge in 1917 did more than just cement their own legacies; they cemented Canada on the world stage as a strong, independent, and valourous nation.  This tree serves as a living memorial to the immense contributions made by members of the Canadian armed forces, both at the Battle of Vimy Ridge and throughout the one-hundred and fifty years since our country’s confederation.”

-with files from Matthew Colenbrander

Flags to sprout at Sunnybrook Nov. 11

Flags in field at Sunnybrook Hospital veterans' residence from Operation Raise A Flag -COURTESY

Flags in field at Sunnybrook Hospital veterans’ residence from Operation Raise A Flag -COURTESY

Once again on November 11 Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre’s “Operation Raise a Flag” will see hundreds of small Canadian flags sprout outside the veterans centre behind the hospital at 2075 Bayview Ave.  The flags will be planted around the Sunnybrook campus for Remembrance Day as a symbol of appreciation.

All proceeds from the $25 purchase price of flags supports of Sunnybrook’s Veteran’s centre.  Money raised will go to innovative equipment and compassionate care for Veterans.

To participate, call the Sunnybrook Foundation at 1-866-696-2008 or go to: www.raiseaflag/.ca.

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