Sunday 11 November 2018

Remembrance Day Commemoration, Strachan Avenue Military Cemetery, Toronto, ON

Gord and I attended the Remembrance Day Commemoration at Fort York this morning.  We've been a few times over the years as it's in our 'hood and always enjoy it.  It attracts a good sized crowd.

Fort York National Historic Site and the Toronto Municipal Chapter IODE (Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire) are proud to present one of this City's most evocative Remembrance Day Services at the Strachan Avenue Military Cemetery on Garrison Common. 

Commencing at 10:45 am from the west gate of Fort York, a processional, led by period uniformed military staff and standard bearers of the IODE, will make their way to the adjacent Strachan Avenue Military Cemetery, where the public will be gathered. There, at the eleventh hour, soldiers will be remembered and honoured: all soldiers of the Toronto Garrison who fell in the War of 1812; the Rebellion Crises; the Crimean War; Northwest Rebellion; South African (Boer) War; the two World Wars and soldiers from recent conflicts around the globe.

The ceremony was held in the Strachan Avenue Military Cemetery.

The processional arrived to begin the ceremony.

Richard Haynes of the Fort York National Historic Site provided the opening remarks.

Robert Divito performed O Canada.

A minister led prayers and provided readings.  He included stories from his childhood which made it more personal.

While the reverend was speaking, planes flew overhead a few times.

Robert Divito played Last Post.

Various organizations put their wreaths next to the flag pole.

Robert Divito closed the ceremony by performing God Save the Queen.

 Many of those in attendance pinned their poppies to the wreaths after the ceremony.


Hailey and Zaphod and their Lady said...

Lest we forget. Looks like a beautiful ceremony.

My bff was married at the Fort 20 or so years ago!

Teena in Toronto said...

What a great place to be married!