Remembrance Day, also known as Armistice Day or Poppy Day, is a special day of memorial observed in Canada and throughout the Commonwealth.
The original Armistice Day memorial service was conducted in 1919 on the grounds of Buckingham Palace to commemorate the signing of the armistice that ended the First World War, which occurred at 11 a.m. on November 11,1918 — the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
Presently, Veterans’ Week (Nov. 5 to 11) and Remembrance Day is an opportunity for all Canadians to recognize the contributions made by our veterans and to honour those who died on behalf of Canada, from the South African War to current missions. Remembrance Day is also an occasion to reflect on the suffering caused by war. It is a time to be grateful for peace and freedom from strife.
By and large, Canadians mark Remembrance Day with heartfelt reverence.
The official Canadian national ceremonies are held at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.
Manitoba’s largest Remembrance Day Service is conducted at the Winnipeg Convention Centre in Winnipeg. Another noteworthy event is the powerful 21-gun salute on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislative Building.
Transcona’s Remembrance Day Parade will be start at 10:30 a.m. at the Transcona Royal Canadian Legion #7, at 117 Regent Ave. E. It will conclude at The Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church, 425 Rosseau Ave. E., where a service will begin at 11 a.m.
A visit to Transcona’s Cenotaph, at 50 Park Circle in the Kern Park neighbourhood would also be fitting on Remembrance Day.
Following the First World War, the Town of Transcona erected a cenotaph to commemorate members of the community who lost their lives fighting for our freedom. It was ultimately erected and dedicated in 1931.
Originally located in the middle of the intersection of Regent Avenue and Day Street, the cenotaph was relocated to Circle Park (Transcona’s oldest park) in 1954. In 1998, Circle Park was renamed Memorial Park Circle.
Plaques honouring community members who lost their lives in the Second World War and Korean War, as well as a plaque recognizing Canadian Peacekeepers, were subsequently added.
The cenotaph, which is cared for by the Transcona Royal Canadian Legion #7, was renovated and rededicated in 2001. It was updated and rededicated again in 2011.
Please note, the Transcona Historical Museum’s Remembrance Week Exhibit is on display at Kildonan Place Shopping Centre from Nov. 6 to 10.
Darlene Litchie is a community correspondent for Transcona.