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With recent attacks on Canadian Forces soldiers in Quebec and Ottawa still fresh in everyone's minds, not to mention the 100th anniversary of the start of World Ward I, Remembrance Day will carry significant recognition with this year's commemoration. The City of Guelph has many activities to mark the day, from McCrae House to Sleeman Centre to the Cenotaph to Woodlawn Cemetery, it seems like the whole city will mark the occasion, even under the blanket of enhanced security and greater security concerns.
Here's the press release from the City of Guelph:
Every November, the City of Guelph joins the community in honouring veterans on Remembrance Day.
Beginning on Saturday, November 8, McCrae House hosts several special activities, and pays tribute to those who lost their lives in the pursuit of freedom.
On November 11, Guelph will participate in a Remembrance Day ceremony at McCrae House, a parade from the Armoury, the laying of wreaths at the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire (IODE) Cross of Sacrifice at Guelph Central Station, a service at the Sleeman Centre and a procession past the Cenotaph to St. George’s Square.
Learn more about local Remembrance Day activities
In response to recent events at Canada’s War Memorial in Ottawa, Guelph and other municipalities are enhancing security measures during this year’s Remembrance Day activities. Guelph Police Services will be visible during all public Remembrance Day events.
The City asks those planning to attend the service at the Sleeman Centre to arrive early, and avoid bringing bags or knapsacks to the arena. Doors open at 9 a.m., and the service will begin at 10:20 a.m.
About McCrae House
The house located at 108 Water Street is the birthplace of Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae—a doctor, soldier and author of “In Flanders Fields”. The poem captured the sentiments of World War I, and is often recited during Remembrance Day ceremonies held around the world.