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​Remembrance Day

Every year, Barrie​​'s Royal Canadian Legion Branch and the City of Barrie join communities across Canada in commemorating Remembrance Day​.​ 

At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month​, we observe a moment of silence to honour all who have fallen and ​acknowledge the courage of those who have served for our freedom. This year marks the 76th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

Did you know? The poppy symbol is included on signs of streets that have been named in honour of local war veterans. View map of Barrie streets named for soldiers.

​​How to ​​Participate in 2021

​To protect the health of our local veterans and community members, there will be no in-person, public ceremony at the Memorial Square Cenotaph in downtown Barrie. 

Local Ceremony

​The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 147 (Barrie) is hosting a private ceremony starting at 10:45 a.m. on November 11 and the public are invited to tune in virtually​. Featured live on:


​​Laying of the wreaths is typically a significant part of the Remembrance Day Ceremony. Members of the community, local organizations, or businesses that would like to place a wreath at the Memorial Square cenotaph are asked to make arrangements in advance with the Legion​.

Wreaths can also be dropped off at the Legion Hall (410 St. Vincent Street, driveway entrance off of Ferris Lane) between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. on November 10 or prior to 9 a.m. on November 11. Following the ceremony, the wreaths will be respectfully placed at the  Memorial Square Cenotaph in downtown Barrie and anyone wishing to keep their wreath can pick it up from the downtown Cenotaph on November 12.

Other Ways to Remember

Here are a few other ways that you can safely reflect, honour, and remember on November 11th​:

2021 Waterfront and Downtown Flag Series

As you travel downtown and along the waterfront, you will notice a series of Remembrance Day banners displayed that pay respect to our local veterans. A list of the veterans featured on the 2021 flags is below. 

Date of Death ​
Chief ​and Sergeant Major Francis Pegahmagabow

Born on March 9, 1891 at Parry Island reserve, Ontario. Enlisted with the 23rd Regiment (Northern Pioneers) in August 1914. He was awarded the Military Medal plus two bars for acts of bravery in Belgium and France. Pegahmagabow was one of 39 members of the Canadian Expeditionary Force who received two bars in addition to the Military Medal.​

August 5, 1952
Observer/Pilot Officer Angus Lloyd Kippen

Born December 11, 1916 at Toronto. Lived at 43 Maple Ave. in Barrie. Language Teacher at Barrie Collegiate Institute. Royal Canadian Air Force, 407 Sqdn. Buried at Great Bircham (St. Mary) Churchyard in Norfolk, UK.

May 16, 1942​
Private Wiltie Hopkins

Born April 19, 1897 in Allandale, Ontario. Farmer. Conscripted (drafted) October 18, 1917 at Oshawa. 2nd Battalion, 2nd C.O. Regiment. Survived World War 1. 

WWIn/a ​
Lieutenant James Douglas Hamilton

Born May 17, 1924 in Ceylon, Saskatchewan. Enlisted Oct. 16, 1950 at Vancouver, BC. 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, R.C.I.C. Died April 12, 1952. Husband of Mrs. Irene Margaret (née Lovering) Hamilton of Barrie, Ontario. Buried at the United Nations Cemetery (Busan), South Korea.

South Korean Warn/a
Pte. William Murray Young

Born at Minesing, Ontario on Feb. 4, 1890. Served with the 25th Simcoe Foresters prior to WWI. Enlisted with the 63rd Battalion (at Edmonton) on Oct. 30, 1915. Wounded Sept. 26, 1916 (Battle of the Somme) - shell shrapnel injury requiring amputation of his left forarm. Discharged from the military on June 30, 1917. 

​August 8, 1970 
Gunner Albert Hirlehey 

Born in Coldwater, Ontario. Lived at 15 Frederick St., Barrie. Shoemaker. 70th Battery. Survived World War 1.

Sergeant Edward Harold Irving

Born in Stroud (Craigvale), Ontario. Student. Served with the 177th Battalion and the 1st Central Ontario Battalion.

Lieutenant Thomas Clair Dutcher

Enlisted July 30, 1941 in Barrie. Army, Algonquin Regiment. R.C.I.C Unit. Son of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Dutcher of Elmvale, Ontario. Buried at the Adegem Canadian War Cemetery in Belgium.

​September 17, 1944
Sir Robert Barrie

Born May 5, 1774 at St. Augustine, Florida. British officer of the Royal Navy. Served as a midshipman. Appointed a Knight Commander of the Royal Guelphic Order and was knighted by King William IV. Promoted to rear-admiral in 1837, and in 1840 was further honoured by being created a Knight Commander of the Bath. Named for the City of Barrie as he worked as a commissioner in Canada.

​War of 1812
​June 7, 1841
Flying Officer Owen Albert Smith 

Born April 3, 1920 in Elmvale, Ontario.  Son of James Albert and Anne Jane Rebecah Smith, of Elmvale, Ontario. Sister of Mrs. W.A. McQuarry of Barrie. Served in Royal Canadian Air Force, 511 Sqdn. Missing in action during a flight to North Africa, presumed dead. Remembered at Runnymede Memorial in Surrey, UK.

​March 23, 1943
Samuel Kenyon Lount

Born in 1892 in Barrie. Bank Clerk. Enlisted with the 76th Battalion in July 1915. Earned two Military Cross medals for bravery.

​August 7, 1970

​​More information on the following soldiers featured on the 2021 flags is available through the Barrie’s Fallen​ database: 

George Frederick Charlton Lindsay 

Corporal Dominic D’Ambrossio

Flight Sergeant George Albert Firman

Flying Sergeant Franklin Tees McCutcheon 

Private James Halkett Findlay

Flight Sergeant Leonard Hogan

Warrant Officer Lloyd Annis 

Pilot Officer James Burke 

Flight Sergeant Henry Lawrence Davis 

Pilot Officer Leonard David Gosney 

Warrant Officer Edwin Stanley Moon 

Lieutenant Bruce Mackenzie Deans

Captain Angus Teasdale McNabb

Pilot Officer Norman Earl Cook 

Pilot Officer Allan Murray Duckworth 

Flight Lieutenant Gordon Winston Knupp

Flight Sergeant Vernon Arnold Spearn

Lance Corporal Norman George Wynes 

Private Kevin Thomas McKay

Pilot Officer John Randolf Patton 

Captain Douglas Stanley Simpson 

Trooper George Edward Wallace 

Lieutenant Joseph Bullman McBride 

Flying Officer Harold McCosh Patterson

Lieutenant Tom Armstrong 

Private John Norman Carter

Quartermaster Sergeant Milton Luther Cuthbert 

Acting Bombardier Russell Thomas Gardner

Lieutenant Rae Brydon McCarthy

Lieutenant Clifford Abraham Neelands

Private Stanley Penton

Flying Officer William Howard Porritt

Lieutenant George Stanley Rogers

Flying Officer Frederick Stanley LeGear

Sergeant William Lloyd George Thompson


​The Act of Remembrance

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
We will remember them.​​

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