Remembrance Day Services Across Niagara on November 11, 2016



Remembrance Day services are being held across Niagara on Nov. 11, but a number of communities are also holding a parade or service on Sunday, Nov. 6.

"Ontario still doesn't have a holiday on Remembrance Day," said Corky Corcoran, branch president of the Royal Canadian Br. 396 in Chippawa.

"An earlier service maintains our history and it also allows people to attend that can't be off work on November 11."

The Chippawa legion will host a full Remembrance Day service Sunday afternoon at the Chippawa Willoughby Memorial Arena. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the service begins at 2 p.m.

Following the service at the arena, the legion will mark one minute of silence and a prayer at the monument in front of the Legion Street branch. The stone marker includes the names of legion members who have passed away. Three names were added to the monument this year.

The public is then invited inside the legion for refreshments.

Corcoran, who spent 26 years in the military, hopes the public will attend the ceremony.

"The goal of the legion is to support our veterans but it is also to perpetuate remembrance," he said.

Remembrance Day is a statutory holiday in many provinces, but not Ontario.

The other common name for the day is Armistice Day, which marks the date and time when armies stopped fighting during the First World War. It was on Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. in 1918. This was the 11th hour, the 11th day of the 11th month.

Some 100,000 Canadian soldiers died in the First and Second World Wars.

Services across Niagara:

Niagara Falls

Royal Canadian Legion Br. 396 will host a Remembrance Day service Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. at the Willoughby Memorial Arena in Chippawa.

Nov. 11 Remembrance Day ceremony at the Gale Centre at 10:45 a.m. and will feature a moment of silence at 11 a.m.


Also, army cadets from Niagara Falls will hold an on overnight vigil -  from Nov. 10 to 11 - at the cenotaph at the bottom of Clifton Hill.


Fort Erie

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 71 will host a service on Nov. 6 at Mather Arch. Members will march from the branch on Garrison Road and arrive at the Mather Arch for the service at 2 p.m. A second service hosted by Branch 71 will be held on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the hall.

Branch 230 will host two services; the first will be held on Nov. 6 at the Stevensville Hall at 2 p.m. and Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.

St. Catharines

The Royal Canadian Legion Polish Veterans Br. 418 on Nov. 6 will march from the Vine Street legion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church where a commemorative mass will be held. After mass, participants are invited back to the legion for a wreath laying ceremony and short symposium.

A service and parade will be held Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. at the cenotaph on Church Street. The parade will march to Ontario Street and end at Memorial Park where the wreath laying will take place. There will be a service at city hall with wreaths being laid at the city honour rolls, Watson Memorial and the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 24 cenotaph. After dismissal, participants are invited back to the legion at 15 George St.

Royal Canadian Legion Br. 138, Merritton, will host its Remembrance Day service Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. Members will form at the branch at 2 Chestnut St., at 10:40 a.m. and march to the Merritton cenotaph on Merritt Street for the service and wreath laying ceremony.



Ceremony and parade will be held Nov. 6 starting at 1 p.m. at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 17 on Ormond Street.


Remembrance Day Service Nov. 11, starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Jordan Lions Community Park.


Sunday parade and service at Chippawa Park on First Avenue at 1:45 p.m., veterans march east on Fitch Street to the park and gather at the cenotaph.

On Nov. 11, service will be held Royal Canadian Legion Br. 4 on Morningstar Avenue at 10:45 a.m.

Port Colborne

Ceremony will be held Nov. 11, 10:45 a.m. at H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park cenotaph. A concurrent ceremony will be held at the Centennial Park cenotaph on Vimy Road.


Services by Royal Canadian Legion Br. 613 at the Fenwick cenotaph in Centennial Park Nov. 6 at 9 a.m., a service at the cenotaph at Old Pelham Town Hall at 10 a.m., and a service at the cenotaph at Pelham Town Square at 12:30 p.m.


The Remembrance Day ceremony will start at 10:45 a.m. Nov. 11 at the cenotaph on Sugarloaf Street.


Branch 124 of the Royal Canadian Legion will hold two Remembrance Day Services on Nov. 11.

The first is in the Old Town at the Queen Street cenotaph at 10 a.m. and the second is at 12:30 p.m., at the Queenston cenotaph.

Music Niagara will host a Remembrance Day concert immediately after the town’s official commemorative ceremonies at the clock tower. A complimentary canteen lunch will precede the concert. Tickets are not required, but voluntary contributions will be welcomed. Proceeds will benefit the Canadian Armed Forces Military Families Fund.


By Alison Langley, Niagara Falls Review


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