Sunday 11 November 2012

Remembrance Day Service, Fort York, Toronto, ON

Gord and I went to Fort York this morning to watch the Remembrance Day service (we went last year too).

All soldiers of the Toronto Garrison who fell in the War of 1812, the Rebellion Crises, the Crimean War, the Northwest Rebellion, the South African (Boer) War; the two World Wars, and recent conflicts around the globe will be remembered and honoured at one of this city’s most evocative Remembrance Day services at the Strachan Avenue Military Cemetery on Garrison Road. 

There is a larger service downtown but we like this one because it's held in our 'hood, we are fans of Fort York and it's smaller/more intimate.

It was held in the Military Burial Ground.

A contrast of a soldier of today and yesterday.

The procession moved into the burial ground.

Robert Divito performed Oh Canada.

Reverend Dr. John D. Hartley provided some prayers and readings.

There were honoured veterans in attendance.

Richard Haynes of Fort York led us through the two minutes of silence.

During the two minutes of silence, four planes flew overhead.

There was a piper.

The Canadian flag was raised and wreaths were laid under it.

Robert Divito played Taps signalling the end of the service.

The service was over and the procession moved towards Fort York ... all attendees were invited to join them for refreshments.  As the veterans left the burial grounds, the crowd applauded them.

After the procession left, people pinned their poppies to the wreaths (alas, I'd lost mine by that time).


Fort York National Historic Site said...

Wonderful photos!

Masshole Mommy said...

Great photos for such a very important celebration!

Teena in Toronto said...

Thanks :) We really enjoy this ceremony.

Teresa said...

Great photos, thanks for sharing.