Lest we forget.
For those Bramptonians who are looking for Remembrance Day events this weekend, Brampton will indeed have a parade and service on Saturday, November 11, 2017.
Wondering where to go?
Well, the parade will depart from the Rose Theatre at 10:30 a.m., but residents are asked to arrive by 10 a.m.
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Here’s what you can expect:
The parade is set to start with a convoy of WWII military vehicles carrying senior and disabled Veterans. Then, the main parade will march south on Main Street to the Cenotaph at City Hall in Ken Whillans Square.
As per usual, there will be a moment of silence at the Cenotaph when, according to the Royal Canadian Legion, there will be a fly-past of World War One planes from The Great War Flying Museum over the service.
“The service will also include an Aboriginal Smudge Ceremony and a laying of wreaths,” says the Royal Canadian Legion. “During the Ceremony four new Battle Honours will be unveiled on the Cenotaph.”
Finally, there will be a reception at Branch 15 of the Royal Canadian Legion at 80 Mary Street.
The parade and service are free!
In attendance will definitely be members of The Lorne Scots Regiment, The Lorne Scots Pipes & Drums, Peel Regional Police, Brampton Fire and Emergency Services, and Veterans led by the Royal Canadian Legion and the Regimental Association of the Lorne Scots.
Additionally, some cadet corps and Girl Guide and Scout Troops will be there. And when you hear music, you can impress your friends with the fun fact that it’s coming from The Brampton Concert Band and the francophone choir of Ste Jeanne D’Arc Catholic School.
There will also be a service at Branch 609, 1133 Queen Street East with a reception in the club room. Those events begin at 10:45 a.m. at the monument in front of the Branch.
Also, don’t forget to check out the Remembrance Day banners the City has hung along Main Street. There are over 30 banners along Main north and south in downtown Brampton as a tribute to veterans who have a connection with Brampton, including leading aircraftman Lloyd Ewles, warrant officer William Wells, and Major John Wylie, CD.
It’s should be a beautiful service, and a necessary reminder of those men and women who made sacrifices during the war.
If you haven’t already, you should watch the video made by the City and the Royal Canadian Legion, Branches 15 and 609 in advance of Remembrance Day, highlighting war veterans in our community. It is extremely impactful.