Yesterday was November 11 – known around the world as Veteran’s Day or Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day). Since the end of World War I, on this day, at the 11th hour, Canadians stop what we are doing to observe a few minutes of silence to reflect and remember the ultimate price of fighting for freedom and peace.
It is an important day to many, not just to those who have served in the army, navy or air force, but also for husbands, wives, daughters, sons, grandchildren, sisters, brothers, and yes, even citizens or residents who may not know someone personally who served in a war, or be related to someone who has died in battle, but, nevertheless, wants to pay tribute and remember those who have willingly given up their lives in service to their country.
All over London, Remembrance Day services were held. Here are just two examples of how two communities in Northeast London paid tribute to our fallen heroes; to remember – LEST WE FORGET.
Northland Mall with the co-operation of The Royal Canadian Victory Legion Branch #317, have been holding the only Indoor Remembrance Day Service open to the public for over 20 years now. Over time, as the veterans have diminished in numbers, the attendance has always grown. 3 and 4 generations of families come to honour those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to their country. The service is conducted by a member of the Legion, according to protocol and tradition. It also gives everyone an opportunity to lay a poppy on a makeshift field of real grass. A program is produced every year to help young and old follow the service.
It is quite a tribute to the veterans when a complete Community Shopping Centre pauses for the 2 minute silence. With our veterans aging, it is wonderful to provide an indoor service that can be attended by friends and family.
Northland Mall would like to thank the following for their contributions to this year’s Remembrance Day ceremony:
The service was put on by: The Royal Canadian Victory Legion Branch # 317
Over seen by : Comrade John Thorton
Officiated by : Rev Sally Butcher
Flanders Fields: Comrade Mr. Ron McConnell
The Colour Party from Royal Canadian Legion Victory Branch #317 – Ladies Auxiliary
Bob Klein, DJ/Sound System – At Your Service
Piper: John Scott
We at Northland Mall are committed to honouring and providing this venue to our veterans, past & present.
Contributed by Traci Sampson, Office Administrator for Northland Mall 20 Vic Management Inc.
Members of the Unifor Local 27 Retirees Chapter helped residents of Twin Pines Village Co-op, located at the southwest corner of Sandford and Huron Streets, to observe Remembrance Day yesterday. Twin Pines has held Remembrance Day services for a number of years now, and anyone living in the Northeast and area has always been invited to partake in our annual service.
Depending on the weather, we have anywhere from 30 to 120 people attend. Most people attending find that it is much more personal, and children are welcome to join in too. The short service touches people – each in a different way and with the memories they hold dear in their hearts. Some have come to honour a family member who may be gone but they remember them and how we, as Canadians, all care.