Mayor Mark Gerretsen has released the following message, to acknowledge the 2014 November 11th day of remembrance:
As we approach Remembrance Day, we honour those who lost their lives in service and our veterans who so bravely served. This is also a time to pay tribute to the important and on-going role of those who serve our country through military service today.
The recent and tragic events in Ottawa and Montreal will undoubtedly be on the minds of Kingstonians and Canadians this Remembrance Day. As we reflect on these events, and those throughout the history of our nation, let us honour those who have given their lives for the protection of our freedoms, our democracy and the quality of life we enjoy today.
In this time of remembrance we say thank you to our veterans, to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and to our active service men and women.
Wreaths will be laid at the Cross of Sacrifice in advance of the ceremony by community groups, beginning at 9:15 a.m., with veteran and military groups starting at 10:15 a.m.
The bilingual civic service will be held from 10:45 a.m. to 11:20 a.m, and spectators should plan to arrive by 10:40 a.m. to observe the parade march that will take place ahead of the service.
There will be seating for veterans and people with disabilities, in addition to an ASL Interpreter present at the ceremonies and assistive hearing devices available to the public.
Please note that to facilitate the day’s activities, King Street will be closed from Barrie to Lower University from 8:15 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Bagot Street will be closed from West to Barrie from 10 a.m. to noon.