As Nov. 11 draws closer, West Islanders are readying themselves to celebrate Remembrance Day once again this year. Multiple gatherings, marches and celebrations have been planned across the region. Here is a lowdown on what’s going to happen in a city or borough near you.
Pointe Claire celebrated the Veterans Sunday with a military march through the streets of the city that ended at the cenotaph behind city hall. Two clergymen recited prayers to the deceased and lots of wreaths were deposed at the foot of the monument to commemorate the dead.
“The ceremony was very attended by the military, the community and the Legion. There were very few speeches and that was great because it is not a time for speeches. Two young cadets presented ‘In Flanders Fields’ then a large contingency of people including four different parts of the military laid wreaths,” said Bernard Cornell, a Pointe Claire veteran of the navy who retired with the rank of lieutenant-commander.
Remembrance at John Abbott College
The West Island CEGEP will remember the veterans as well on Nov. 8 and the public is invited to join in. Several schools will be participating in the event include Edgewater Elementary, Dorset School, St-Patrick Elementary School, Macdonald High School, McGill University – Macdonald campus, and John Abbott College. Members of the Canadian Grenadier Guards will also be present.
Processions lead by three different pipers will leave from Macdonald High, John Abbott College and McGill’s Raymond building simultaneously. All will gather at the East end of athletic field next to tent where Veterans from Sainte Anne’s Hospital are seated. A bronze plaque announcing the official name of John Abbott’s new synthetic field will also be unveiled.
Ste. Anne de Bellevue
The Ste. Anne de Bellevue branch of the Royal Canadian Legion will have its own celebration of veterans on Nov. 11. The 54th annual dinner will be held at the branch, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. Cost $25. The annual parade and ceremony will take place on Remembrance Day itself. Branch opens its doors at 9 a.m. The fall-in is in the parking lot of the train station at 10:30 a.m. to go to the hospital; only ancient combatant will have access to the auditorium for the ceremony, and after the parade will march to Kelso Park Cenotaph for laying wreath. The ceremony will be followed by a reception at the branch. For the parade, a special invitation is sent to all citizens to join veterans, Legion members, cadets and fanfare for the celebration in honour of Remembrance Day.
Sherwood Forest Elementary (313 Windermere Rd., Beaconsfield) will honour the veterans on Nov.8 from 1:45 to 2:15 p.m. There will be a singing of ‘O Canada’, a welcoming and introduction of guests including veterans, “Remembrance Day” powerpoint presentation made by four Grade 6 students, a song called ‘This Day of Peace’ will be sung by a Grade 4 class and a video Clip – “A Pittance of Time, Last Post, Moment of Silence - ‘Ode of Remembrance’ will be recited by visiting veteran.
Dorval Elementary (1750 Carson Ave.) has chosen to remember on Nov. 9 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Students and staff, and members of students’ families, will walk to Pine Beach Cenotaph in Dorval. Veterans are expected to be there. Students will present dramatic readings and a choir will sing songs.
Christmas Park Elementary (422 Beaconsfield Blvd., Beaconsfield) will have its remembrance ceremony on Nov. 12 at 10:45 a.m. There will be a school assembly with presentation of songs, readings and more to a veteran.