Belleville and surrounding regions honour our fallen this Remembrance Day

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“In Flanders fields the poppies blow, / Between the crosses, row on row …”
John McCrae, In Flanders Fields

In 1918, on the 11th month, on the 11th day, at 11 a.m., soldiers lowered their guns as an agreement to end the First World War was reached.

Remembrance Day will be observed nationally this weekend at cenotaphs and parks throughout the country. A solemn ‘Moment of Silence’ starts at 11 a.m. to take pause and reflect on our fallen heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and everyone who calls it home.

Communities across the region have organized ceremonies, parades, and events to mark Remembrance Day on Saturday morning. Some communities have organized candlelight vigils on Friday evening, starting around dusk. Below is a list of events for Belleville and surrounding regions. For a list of Remembrance Day events in Quinte West, read our story here.

Belleville Cenotaph:
Time: 11 a.m. (10:30 a.m. arrival).
Location: Cenotaph at Memorial Park, Station Street.
Note: Participants are asked to gather at the cenotaph by 10:30 a.m.

Brighton Cenotaph:
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Cenotaph in Memorial Park, 60 Main Street.

Campbellford Cenotaph:
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Cenotaph, 101 Queen Street.
Note: A dinner to honour veterans will be held at the Legion on Saturday evening.

Colborne Cenotaph:
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Cenotaph at Victoria Square Park, Victoria Street.

Consecon Cenotaph:
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Consecon Legion/cenotaph, 184 County Road 29.

Deseronto Cenotaph:
Time: 10:50 a.m.
Location: Parade from the Legion to cenotaph, on Main Street, followed by an 11 a.m. ceremony.
Note: Gather for a march at the Legion at 10:30 a.m., followed by a ceremony at the Cenotaph, and ending with a reception at the Legion following the service.

Frankford Cenotaph:
Time: 10:45 a.m.
Location: Cenotaph on Mill Street

Harold/Stirling (joint ceremony), Harold Cenotaph
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Harold Cenotaph, 4285 Stirling – Marmora Road.
Note: Due to construction in Stirling, the municipalities of Harold and Stirling will come together in Harold Saturday morning for a joint ceremony to remember and honour veterans.

Ivanhoe Cenotaph:
Time: 10:45 a.m.
Location: Ivanhoe Cenotaph, 11379 Highway 62.

Madoc Cenotaph:
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Madoc Cenotaph, 155 St. Lawrence Street East.
Note: The parade march will begin at the Legion at 10 a.m., and travel to the Cenotaph for the ceremony and moment of silence.

Marmora Legion and Cenotaph:
Time: 10:40 a.m.
Location: The Tribute March will begin at the Legion and travel to the Memorial Park cenotaph, followed by a ceremony.
Note: A Candlelight Tribute Ceremony will begin at the Legion at 4:30 p.m., marching to the Catholic Cemetery, to pay tribute to the veterans buried there.

Napanee Cenotaph:
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Lennox and Addington County cenotaph, 97 Thomas Street East, Napanee.

Picton Cenotaph:
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Picton cenotaph, on Chapel Street.
Note: Following the ceremony, a lunch and a community gathering will take place at the Picton Legion, located at 21 Elks Street.

Tweed Memorial Park:
Time: 10:45 a.m.
Location: Tweed Memorial Park, 45 Victoria Street South.

Wellington Cenotaph:
Time: 10:15 a.m.
Location: Wellington cenotaph, 215 Main Street.

Tyendinaga Township Municipal Building:
Time: 10:45 a.m.
Location: Tyendinaga Township Municipal Office, 859 Melrose Road, Shannonville.

Inspired by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae’s “In Flanders Fields,” the red poppy became a symbol of remembrance in 1921. Poppies are worn in honour of the sacrifices made by veterans for their country, with funds from the Poppy Campaign supporting veterans and their families.

For more information, or to find a Remembrance Day ceremony not listed here, visit legion.ca.

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