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 77th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
Free Transit for Veterans
Veterans ride Barrie Transit free of charge along with one companion all day on Remembrance Day. Simply show Barrie Transit operators anything that proves you’re a veteran.
Remembrance Day Vigil
7pm–Midnight November 10
Five cadets in rotating shifts will stand vigil at the Cenotaph in Memorial Square
Remembrance Day Parade & Ceremony
Friday, November 11 at 10 am
Parade from Dunlop/Mulcaster to Five Points & Ceremony at Memorial Square
The annual parade will start along Dunlop Street at Mulcaster and march to the Five Points intersection halting in front of the Cenotaph in Memorial Square for the ceremony. Two minutes of silence will be observed at 11 am followed by the ceremony and laying of wreaths. A Feu De Joie (blank gunfire consisting of a rifle salute) will take place.
In order to safely facilitate the Remembrance Day Ceremony & Parade, the following road closures with no on-street parking will be in effect from 6:00am to approximately 12:30pm on November 11th:
- Dunlop Street from Clapperton Street to Mulcaster Street
- Dunlop Street from Mulcaster Street to Poyntz Street
- Owen Street from Collier Street to Dunlop Street
If members of the community, local organizations or businesses would like to lay a wreath at the Memorial Square Cenotaph, they are asked to make arrangements in advance with the Legion. Following the ceremony, wreaths will be respectfully placed at the Cenotaph.
Removal of the wreaths is planned to take place on Tuesday, November 15 at 4pm (this is subject to change). Any wreaths left onsite will be removed on that day/time and be disposed of. Anyone wishing to pick up their wreaths must do so prior to.
The City honours, remembers and commemorates Barrie’s fallen soldiers by featuring pictures of local veterans on flags temporarily displayed throughout Meridian Place and around the entire waterfront to Tiffin Street. For the 2022 campaign, 24 new flags were added to the series.
Other Ways to Remember
- Tune in to the National Remembrance Day Ceremony, or a livestreamed local ceremony on Rogers TV or CTV Barrie
- Observe 2 minutes of silence at 11 a.m. from wherever you are
- Wear a poppy and support the Poppy campaign
- Reach out to a Veteran by phone or email to say thank you
- Learn about Remembrance Day and the stories of those we honour:
- Register to attend the Making Remembrance Day Relevant event with Major Gregory Lee, CAF at the Painswick Library
- Enjoy virtual storytime with the Barrie Public Library featuring:
- Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion with Fern Taillefer, Barrie Legion Member
- In Flanders Field: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae with Steve Glover, Barrie Legion Public Relations Officer and Historian
- Brick Bradford, Flying Ace: Adventures of a Boy Who Fell in Love with Flying with Bill Sergeant, Barrie Legion Member and President of the Royal Canadian Air Force 441 (Huronia) Wing
- Send a note to a Veteran through Postcards for Peace (students) or post a message to currently serving Canadian Armed Forces Members
- Submit your words of remembrance to the Gallery of Remembrance in honour of Canada's Veterans
- Foster remembrance in youth with the Royal Canadian Legion's Teaching Guide
- Engage kids at home with poppy-themed crafts
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.