2013 Remembrance Day Ceremonies in Kingston

Published on: 2013/11/06 - in Featured News

On Remembrance Day in Kingston, wreaths will be laid before the civic ceremony at the Cross of Sacrifice located at King and Barrie Streets by Murney Tower (map).

Starting at 9:30 am, Community groups will begin to lay wreaths, followed by veteran and military groups beginning at 10:15 a.m.

“In this time of remembrance, we honour those who have given their lives in service for the protection of our freedoms, our democracy and the quality of life we enjoy today,” said Mayor Mark Gerretsen. “Remembrance Day is an important opportunity for my generation, and those younger, for whom the wartime experience is not a lived experience, to learn about the sacrifice made for our freedoms and pay tribute.”

The civic ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10:45 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, at the Cross of Sacrifice, and end at 11:20 a.m. The service will be conducted in both English and French and a sign language interpreter will also be interpreting the ceremony. Organizers will be on hand to provide assistive hearing devices upon request.

Dignitaries will being laying wreaths during the ceremony and the public is invited to place their poppies on the People’s Wreath at the conclussion of the service. The People’s Wreath will be laid by Dr. Robert Gordon, this year’s First Capital Distinguished Citizen. The reviewing officer will be R.M. Hutchings, Honourary Colonel of the Princess of Wales Own Regiment, and he will lay the Veterans’ Wreath during the ceremony.

King Street will be closed from Barrie Street to Lower University Street from 8:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. to facilitate the Remembrance Day activities.

At Queen’s University, classes are cancelled during the 10:30 am to 11:30 am time slot on November 11.

The university will commemorate Remembrance Day with services in Grant Hall conducted by University Chaplain Kate Johnson at 10:50 a.m. On West Campus, the Faculty of Education will hold a service at Duncan McArthur Hall beginning at 10:45 am with music, readings by teacher candidates.

TVCOGECO will be broadcasting the ceremony at 2 p.m. on November 11 on channels 13 and 700. Local veterans’ organization or the Royal Canadian Legion can be contacted for inquiries about other services in the Kingston area.

For more details on the civic service, visit the Remembrance Day listing on November 11 of the City’s event calendar at CityofKingston.ca/calendar.

People planning to get to the ceremony by bus can use the City’s Trip Planner resource.

Remembrance Day Schedules and Closures in Kingston

Kingston Transit: Runs on its regular schedule on Monday.

Kingston Access Services: Runs as usual. Call 613-542-2512 for more information.

Garbage, Green Bin and recycling: No collection Monday and collection moves to the day after your normal pick-up day for the rest of the week. Sign-up at CityofKingston.ca/collection to receive collection reminders by phone, email or text.

Administrative Offices: All administrative offices, including community and family services, housing and provincial offences, are closed Monday.

Utilities Kingston and Kingston Hydro: Open.

Kingston Area Recycling Centre: Closed Monday.

Beechgrove Complex Recreational Centre: Open.

INVISTA Centre & INVISTA Fitness & Wellness Centre: Open.

CaraCo Home Field: Open for booked users Monday.

Arenas: Open.

Wally Elmer Youth Centre: Closed Monday.

Libraries: Open.

Portsmouth Olympic Harbour: Closed Monday.

Grand Theatre Box Office: Open.


Photo: Nelson Kwok (cc)