As Nov. 11 approaches, Canadians across the nation are gearing up to pay their respects to heroes who fought and/or sacrificed their lives for their country. Since 1931, this solemn occasion has held a significant place in the hearts of Canadians, serving as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made for freedom and peace.
Here’s a rundown of some of the larger ceremonies taking place in Lanark County this year.
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 240 is holding two Remembrance Day Services in Mississippi Mills this year. One already took place on Saturday, Nov. 4 in Clayton. The second will take place on Saturday, Nov. 11 beginning at 10:45 a.m. in Almonte at the cenotaph beside Almonte Old Town Hall.
In Carleton Place, the event is organized by the Legion Captain A. Roy Brown Branch #192 and will include a number of special elements.
The day’s events will commence with a parade, forming up on Mill Street at Bridge Street beside the Town Hall on Nov. 11 at 10:20 a.m. Led by Parade Commander Peter Schaffer, the Immediate President of Branch 192, the procession will march off at 10:35 a.m. The route will take the parade from Mill Street along Bridge Street to Franklin Street and onto Veterans Way, leading to the Cenotaph in front of Veterans Memorial Park.
A notable addition to this year’s parade is the participation of the MacEoin-Ramsay Pipe Band, marking the return of the beloved musical tradition after several years. The band, led by Pipe Major Kris Bawden, previously showcased their talent at the Community Band Tattoo held at the local Legion grounds in June of this year.
Furthermore, the ceremony will feature a spectacular flypast, a rare occurrence in recent years for Carleton Place’s Remembrance Day events. Thanks to the cooperation of the 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron from the Canadian Forces Military Base in Petawawa, a Chinook Helicopter will grace the skies above Memorial Park during the Cenotaph Ceremony. The sight of the military aircraft soaring overhead is expected to evoke deep emotions among attendees, symbolizing the enduring spirit of remembrance and gratitude.
For those unable to attend in person, the Cenotaph Ceremony will be broadcast live on the Captain A. Roy Brown Branch 192 Facebook page, allowing viewers to participate in the event from the comfort of their homes.
Branch 244, Perth-Upon-Tay Royal Canadian Legion hosts Perth’s annual Remembrance Day Ceremonies, which take place at the cenotaph located at the Great War Memorial Hospital (33 Drummond St. East). The service begins at 10:45am sharp at the cenotaph. The road will be closed to traffic and attendees are advised to please park elsewhere and walk to the site.
In Smiths Falls, the ceremony will be hosted by Legion Branch 95.
The day will begin with the veterans parade, which will form at the Smiths Falls Royal Canadian Legion at 7 Main St. E. At 10:30 a.m. The veterans will then march down Main St. E. To Beckwith St. N. To Veterans’ Memorial Park. The Remembrance Day service will begin at 11 a.m. Anyone wishing to lay wreaths or flowers in memory of the fallen may do so at the cenotaphs.