Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Remembrance Day 2015

Ceremonies across Toronto will be held on November 11 to honour those that served their country during war, military conflict and peace. The locations of the City of Toronto services are at the East York, North York, York and Etobicoke Civic Centres along with the Old City Hall Cenotaph and at Fort York. The services start at 10:45 am.
Photos above by Joe Hamilton

November 5 to 11 was proclaimed as Remembrance Week in the City of Toronto by Mayor John Tory. Read the proclamation after the jump.

"WHEREAS our veterans are the elderly, the young, grandfathers, grandmothers, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and friends. In short, Canada's veterans are heroes whose courage, service and sacrifice have kept our country strong, proud and free for more than a century.

As we mark the 101st anniversary of the start of the First World War and the 97th anniversary of the end of The Great War, we are reminded of the immense sacrifice Canadian men and women made throughout the course of the conflict.

During the First World War, more than 650,000 Canadian men and women served their country. Of these Canadians, nearly 4,000 Aboriginal Canadians enlisted during the war, a significant number, as this represented nearly one-third of all Aboriginal-Canadian men eligible to serve. An estimated 2,000 African-Canadians joined the front lines with more than 600 fighting under the unit called the "Black Battalion." More than 2,800 Canadian Nursing Sisters, nicknamed the "bluebirds," served alongside the Canadian Army Medical Corps tending to wounded soldiers in Europe. In the end, over 66,000 Canadians paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives and over 172,000 were wounded in battle.

The legacy of these Canadians continues to resonate across our country today. During Remembrance Week, we pay tribute to our fallen soldiers and veterans. We reflect on their stories that have been passed down from generation to generation. Powerful symbols such as the poem In Flanders Fields by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae and the Flower of Remembrance, the poppy, emphasize the sacrifice and struggle of war and peace. They also honour those who have lost their lives in all wars.

On November 11, the City of Toronto humbly recognizes the tremendous contributions made by our armed forces, past and present, by holding Remembrance Day services at many of the civic centres across our city. I encourage everyone to attend a ceremony and proudly wear a poppy over your heart to remember the sacrifices made and honour those men and women who continue to serve and protect Canada today.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 5 – 11, 2015 as "Remembrance Week" in the City of Toronto."

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