Honouring Our Soldiers At Remembrance Service
Ontarians Invited To Join Premier McGuinty At Queen’s Park Ceremony
Premier Dalton McGuinty is encouraging Ontarians to gather this Sunday at Queen's Park to honour our veterans during Remembrance Day ceremonies.
Ontario's Ceremony of Remembrance service will take place on November 11 at 10:45 a.m. on the front lawn of the Main Legislative Building at Queen's Park. The ceremony recognizes the sacrifices and bravery of Canadian soldiers who served our nation in times of war, and during peace keeping missions, for nearly a century. The service includes a 21-gun salute, a youth pledge and the laying of the wreaths on the Veterans' Memorial Wall.
People will have the opportunity to pin a poppy on the People's Wreath to recognize the sacrifices made by our troops and give thanks for their extraordinary service. Two minutes of silence will be observed at 11 a.m.
- The poppy was first introduced as a symbol of remembrance in 1921 — a visual pledge to never forget the Canadians killed in war and in military operations.
- Two minutes of silence are observed at Remembrance services across the country at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year.
“We owe our veterans, soldiers and our peacekeepers a tremendous debt of gratitude for the sacrifices they have made in the name of democracy and freedom. Gathering here at this ceremony every November is also a reminder that we must continue building the great nation our heroes fought so valiantly for.”