Did you know that 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War? Toronto will host several free celebrations in order to commemorate Remembrance Day on November 11th.
1. Great War Book Of Remembrance
Date: November 7 & 11 at 12 noon.
Location: City Hall Rotunda
The Great War Book of Remembrance is a book that has identified and put together the names of 3,900 people who died during the Great War. This book will be available for public viewing during Remembrance Week, from November 7 & 11 in the City Hall Rotunda. If you don’t have a chance to see it during this special week, the book will be available at the Toronto Archives.
2. Re-Dedication Of Coronation Park
Date: November 10, 10:30AM to 12 noon.
Location: Coronation Park (711 Lake Shore Blvd. West)
In celebration of the ending of WW1, Coronation Park by Lakeshore is being rededicated to those who have fallen. When the park was first built, 144 trees were planted to commemorate members of the Canadian military. Having initially went through changes since the original commemoration, Toronto has restored it and the park will reopen on November 10th. This park is the largest First World War memorial in city. In addition to the re-opening, a moment of silence will be held.
Coronation Park is a memorial created in honour of both George VI´s coronation on May 12, 1937 and the Canadian veterans that died during the First World War.
3. Canadian Armed Forces Parade
Date: November 11 at 10:10 AM
Location: University Avenue from Union Station
Roughly 500 members of the Canadian Armed Forces will be parading the streets of Toronto on Sunday November 11 at 10:10 AM along University Avenue from Union Station to symbolize the return of soldiers from the First World War. This march will be seen from the train station, as the soldiers were once seen returning from the war.
4. Remembrance Day Services
Date: November 11 at 10:45 am
Location: Old City Hall
Celebrate Remembrance Day with the entire city at the Old City Hall Cenotaph. The cenotaph was not only built for those who passed during WW1 but also during WW2 and the Korean War. However, if you can’t attend, you can always watch the ceremony from the city’s YouTube channel.
5. Bells Of Peace Throughout Toronto
Date: November 11, at 4:56pm
Location: Old City Hall, North York Civic Centre and across Toronto
In partnership with the Government of Canada, the Royal Canadian Legion have organized the Bells of Peace initiative and they will be rung 100 times to commemorate the anniversary. The bells will go off around sunset on Sunday, November 11 at 4:56 PM at Old City Hall and North York Civic Centre. The ringing will last around eight minutes.
Bells of Peace will symbolize the church bells from Europe in 1918 that marked the end of the Great War.
Wherever you want to celebrate, there are plenty of events throughout the city where you can pay your respects to the Canadians troops who died fighting for Canada’s freedom. Don’t forget to donate to the Royal Canadian Legions and get a poppy before Remembrance Day.