Wreaths to be Laid Ahead of Kingston Remembrance Day Ceremony

Published on: 2012/11/06 - in Featured Releases

Community, Veteran and military groups will be laying their wreaths at the Cross of Sacrifice starting at 9:30 a.m. ahead of the civic ceremony on Remembrance Day.

“Every year, we meet by the lake at the Cross of Sacrifice to remember those who have given their lives in service to their country. This year, we know that amongst the fallen are 1,022 Kingstonians,” says Mayor Mark Gerretsen, referencing the names etched into the recently unveiled Memorial Wall in the Veterans Memorial Garden, 303 York St. “On Sunday, in this time of remembrance, our thoughts are with the men and women who have and continue to serve our country for the protection of our quality of life.”

The service, held in French and English, is set to start at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Cross of Sacrifice at King and Barrie Streets (by Murney Tower) and will wrap up at 11:15 a.m. A sign language interpreter will interpret the ceremony and organizers will have assistive hearing devices available upon request.

Dignitaries will lay several wreaths during the ceremony. The public is invited to place their poppies on the People’s Wreath, which will be laid during the service by First Capital Distinguished Citizen Cindy Mills. Colonel (Ret’d) Brit Smith will be the receiving officer and 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 accommodate the day’s activities.

Kingstonians can also check with their local veterans’ organization or the Royal Canadian Legion for details on other services in the Kingston area. Cogeco will broadcast the ceremony at 4:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on November 11.

For the Remembrance Day Civic Ceremony’s Order of Service go to the City’s website page.

For more about the origins of The People’s Wreath, visit this page.

Use the trip planner resource if you plan to get there by bus.

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Release source: City of Kingston | Photo: Wikimedia Commons