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UPDATED-Guide to Remembrance Day activities across East York

Standing on guard. -MICHELE O'NEILL

Standing on guard at East York cenotaph. -MICHELE O’NEILL

See also guest editorial “The Eleventh Hour” by Janet Sherbanowski.

Various activities at local Legion halls are planned for Sunday, November 6 and of course many ceremonies and events on Friday, November 11.

Centennial College – Story Arts Centre, Library, 951 Carlaw Avenue:
November 11, 2 p.m.  With the help of the Consul General of France (in Toronto), during the annual Remembrance Day event at Centennial College the people of France will award two Canadian veterans, glider pilot Martin Maxwell and artilleryman Jim Jenkins, France’s highest military service award.   Consul General Marc Trouyet will present Maxwell and Jenkins with l’Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur (the Legion of Honour).

On June 6, 1944, Maxwell and Jenkins both landed in Nazi-occupied Normandy –Maxwell at the controls of a Horsa glider in the middle of the night and Jenkins aboard a landing craft bringing self-propelled artillery ashore on Juno Beach.  They and 160,000 other Allied troops had begun the liberation of France and the rest of northwestern Europe.

The observance begins at 2 p.m. at  As they have for every observance at Centennial, members of the Royal Canadian Legion No. 617 Dambusters Branch, in tribute to the late RCAF veteran Howard Walker, will provide the colour guard.

For more information, contact Steve Cogan or Ted Barris in the Journalism Department at the Story Arts Centre at 416-289-5000 x8824 or x8805 respectively.

East York Remembrance Day Service, East York Civic Centre Memorial Gardens, 850 Coxwell Avenue:
November 11, 10:30 am:
East York Parade begins at 10:30 am from East York Collegiate, ending at the East York Civic Centre Cenotaph. March past salute; “O Canada”; opening remarks; “The Last Post”; two minutes of silence; laments, Hymns and prayers; Commitment to Remember, remarks by local political representatives including councillors, MP Julie Dabrusin, MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, MPP Arthur Potts, MPP Peter Tabuns. Placing of wreaths at Cenotaph. “Remember Them Well” will be performed by the First Light Scout Band, 236th Toronto Scout Group and Scouts Canada. Closing Ceremony conducted by Commander Walter Vaughan, followed by singing of God Save the Queen, then Colour Party retire and parade marches off.

arthur-potts-024Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 1/42 (Baron Byng Branch), 243 Coxwell Avenue:
November 11: Annual Remembrance Day service at Kew Gardens Cenotaph. 2075 Queen St. E. Parade begins at 10:45 am, leaving from Corpus Christie Church (16 Lockwood Road), going down Queen Street (at Queen and Kingston Road) to Kew Gardens for the wreath laying service with local political representatives. Actors from Fort York dressed in World War I uniforms will stage a re-enactment. Toronto Fire, Toronto Polic and Naval Cadets representatives will be in attendance as well as chaplains saying a prayer. Rotary Club, Centre 55, The Beaches Lions Club lay wreaths.
Afterwards, all are welcome to come back to the branch. Free lunch for vets prepared by Danforth Tech students. For the public, refreshments and free coffee area available; cash bar for alcohol and pop. Baron Byng Ragtime Band provides live musical entertainment.

julie-dabrusin-024Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 10 (Todmorden Branch), 1083 Pape Avenue:
Sunday, November 6
: Annual Memorial service at 7 pm – 8 pm. with MP Julie Dabrusin. *Refreshments including bar and coffee – FREE.
November 11: After the 10:30 march to the East York Cenotaph, come back the Legion for event upstairs in the Main Hall with Councillor Mary Fragedakis. Two ladies from the auxiliary will generously prepare a light lunch to be served about 1:30 pm. Entertainment from 1 to 6 pm, including a DJ! Food, fun and music, FREE for all ages, kids welcome.

Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 11 (East Toronto Branch), 9 Dawes Road:
Sunday, November 6
: Join in the parade put on by the branch leaving from Shoppers World at 1:15 pm, with MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, MPP Arthur Potts and more continuing back to the Legion for a service including wreath layings at 2 pm. After that, come downstairs for some roast beef on a bun – FREE!
November 11: Participating in East York Parade at 10:30 am
Branch opens at 11 am. to receive guests and visitors,

mary-fragedakis-024Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 22 (Woodbine Heights), 1240 Woodbine Avenue:
November 11
: Those able to march in the East York Parade are welcome; others are welcome to just stand. After parade gather back to the Legion for service at 11:00 am followed by a light lunch and social activities. (FREE).

Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 345 (Brig. OM Martin Branch), 81 Peard Road:
November 11: Marching in the East York Parade, at 11 am.
Followed by an additional parade march and service with police and cadets taking part starting at 12:30 pm. at the Legion. Peard Road will be closed for the police march around the streets with cadets and Legion members and will end back at the Legion, which has its very own Cenotaph. Refreshments to follow!

Naval Club of Toronto, 1910 Gerrard Street E.:
November 11:
2 pm ceremony with local politicians, including ringing of a bell for each sunken naval ship. Light refreshments – FREE. *Strict dress code in effect – shirts, ties, jackets for the gentlemen and skirts or trousers for the ladies – No Jeans!

Sunnybrook Hospital Veteran Centre (K & L Wing), 2075 Bayview Avenue:
November 11, 10 am – noon: Ceremony for staff, residents and families (but public invited) 10 am to noon, includes laying of wreath, speech by MP Rob Oliphant and more. Then will walk out to Bayview Cenotaph with anyone who is able, and MPP Arthur Potts will lay another wreath from the Provincial Government. *Seating is limited.

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