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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 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

As you travel downtown and along the waterfront, you will notice a series of Remembrance Day banners on display that pay respect to our local veterans​.

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 2020

​Following the advice of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, the City of Barrie is asking residents to pay their respects from home or virtually. 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 and the public are advised not to gather at the Cenotaph.

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 from the safety of their home. Featured on:

At 11:00 a.m., local churches will ring their bells in remembrance as was heard throughout Europe at the conclusion of WWI and WWII. This includes Collier Street United Church, Trinity Anglican Church, St. Margaret's of Scotland Anglican Church, St. George's Anglican Church, St. Mary's Catholic Church, and West Side Evangelical Lutheran Church.

​Wreaths

​​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.

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​:

​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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