Life as we know it, with its various freedoms and liberties, might be a lot different if not for those who fought to maintain those freedoms and liberties.
That's why it's important to take a moment -- not only during the annual date set aside for these observations, but every day -- and recognize those who made the ultimate sacrifice in wars and conflicts most of us only know through history books.
There are various services and activities in Winnipeg, with the largest event being held at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg. The formal ceremony will see Lt.-Gov. Philip Lee presiding over a service attended by members and representatives of the federal, provincial and municipal governments.
Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and the service gets underway at 10:15 a.m.
Among the highlights at the convention centre event: a passing of the torch ceremony by Second World War, Korean, Yugoslavia and Afghanistan veterans; the placing of wreaths by representatives of veteran, military and civilian organizations; the recognition of this year's Silver Cross Mother; and finally, the Last Post ceremony.
If you can't make it out to the big ceremony, pay your respects at one of the local Royal Canadian Legion spots. Several branches have scheduled services, including:
- Brooklands & Weston, Branch 2, 1613 Logan Ave., at 11 a.m. (seating at 10:45 a.m.);
- Charleswood, Branch 100, at Oak Park High School, 820 Charleswood Rd., at 10:30 a.m. (seating at 10:15 a.m.);
- Elmwood, Branch 9, 920 Nairn Ave., at 10:50 a.m.
- Fort Garry, Branch 90, 1125 Pembina Hwy., at 10:45 a.m. (arrive before 10:30);
- General Sir Sam Steele, Branch 117, 376 Salter, St., 10:30 a.m.
- Henderson Highway, Branch 215, 3400 DeVries Ave., seated by 10:30 a.m.
- Norwood & St. Boniface, St. Phillips Church, 240 Tache Ave., 11 a.m.
- Prince Edward, Alphonsus Parish Hall, 341 Munroe Ave., 10:45 a.m.
- St. James, Bruce Park & Branch, 1755 Portage Ave., parade starts at Assiniboine Hotel on Lyle Streeet at 10:40 a.m.
- Transcona, Branch 7, 117 Regent Ave. E., 11 a.m.
- Ukrainian, Branch 141, 618 Selkirk Ave., 12:30 p.m.
- West Kildonan, Branch 30, 1748 Main St., 10:55 a.m.
- Winnipeg, Branch 1 & Valour Road, 626 Sargent Ave., service at Valour Road at 10:30 a.m. and at 11 a.m. at cenotaph at the branch;
- Winnipeg Polish Canadian, Branch 246, St. Mary's Polish National Church, 361 Burrows Ave., 10 a.m. today.
- Winnipeg South Osborne, Branch 252, 426 Osborne St., 11 a.m. (arrive early, doors close at 10:30).
Other events of note this Remembrance Day:
There will be a ceremony honouring service members past and present at the HMCS Chippawa (1 Navy Way). The program gets underway at 10:15 a.m. Officiating will be Commodore David W. Craig, commander of the Naval Reserve.
A Remembrance Day blood donor clinic will be held between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg.
The Western Canada Aviation Museum will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. At 2 p.m., a guided tour celebrating the lives and accomplishments of veterans is scheduled. The museum is also showcasing a new display on the Victoria Cross -- the highest award for bravery -- featuring biographies, photos and artwork of such heroes as Billy Bishop and Andrew Mynarski.