With both Remembrance Day and the poppy campaign, the month of November is an important time for all Canadians to thank those who serve and have served our nation in defence of liberty, peace, and our shared values. It is also a time to remember in our hearts and minds all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Our country has a rich history of leadership in the worldwide effort defending rights and freedoms, led by our Canadian Armed Forces. During the World Wars, as peacekeepers, in support of our allies in conflicts around the world, and assisting in security and training at home and abroad, Canada’s service members are always ready to answer the call of service.
Across Canada and in Dufferin-Caledon, we are blessed to have many opportunities during November to recognize and remember Canada’s fallen heroes. On Sunday, November 3rd, the Town of Caledon is hosting a Remembrance Day service at 12:30PM at the Town of Caledon Municipal Offices. The following Sunday, November 10th, Alton Legion is hosting a service starting at 10:00AM, and there is a service at the Bolton Cenotaph starting at 12:30PM.
On November 11th, there will be a number of ceremonies happening throughout the day. The Shelburne Legion will be hosting a morning service at 9:45AM, followed by a parade to the cenotaph outside Town Hall and a service at 11:00AM. In Orangeville, the parade starts at the Orangeville Legion at 10:30AM, ending at Alexandra Park and service at the cenotaph at 11:00AM. The Town of Grand Valley will host a ceremony at the cenotaph at Main and Amaranth Street, starting at 10:30AM. Finally, the Mansfield Women’s Institute will host a service at the Mansfield Park cenotaph on Airport Road, starting at 10:30AM.
In addition, many schools, churches, service organizations, and supportive living communities will be hosting their own local Remembrance Day services and observances. Your office or workplace may also host a Remembrance Day event or service – if not, this may be an opportunity for you to organize your own in order to increase awareness among your coworkers about the sacrifices of Canada’s fallen heroes.
If you won’t be in Dufferin-Caledon during Remembrance Day our government has made it easier to find a Remembrance Day services in Ontario. Visit Ontario.ca/RemembranceDay to search for Remembrance Day events throughout the province. No matter where you are this Remembrance Day, please take some time to remember and honour those who chose to fight for our freedom. Lest we forget.