Ex­tra touches added to 100th Re­mem­brance

Sentinel-Review (Woodstock) - - NEWS - DAN BROWN

This year, Re­mem­brance Day marks 100 years since the ar­mistice that ended the First World War came into ef­fect. Ac­cord­ingly, there will be a num­ber of spe­cial touches to cer­e­monies this week in the Lon­don area.

For­est City res­i­dents will gather at the Vic­to­ria Park ceno­taph on Sun­day morn­ing, as they al­ways have. There also will be a can­dle­light ser­vice Satur­day night at 7 p.m. Par­tic­i­pants are re­quested to meet at the car­il­lon bells in the park and walk to the ceno­taph for a short ser­vice.

On Re­mem­brance Day, the vet­er­ans’ pa­rade forms at the Delta Ar­mouries at 10:15 a.m., then pro­ceeds along Dun­das Street to Welling­ton Street and north to Duf­ferin Av­enue, ar­riv­ing at the ceno­taph at about 10:45 a.m. Wood­stock res­i­dents will gather at 11 a.m. at the Vic­to­ria Park Ceno­taph at 413 Buller St.

One fea­ture new this year, in hon­our of the cen­te­nary, is an ini­tia­tive from the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion called Bells of Peace that in­vites churches in Lon­don and across the coun­try to ring their bells 100 times at sun­set (5:05 p.m.) on Nov. 11. “That’s a big thing. It’s a nice ges­ture,” said lo­cal Le­gion com­mand­ing of­fi­cer Cas­par Ko­evoets.

“We’ve had very good re­sponse from the churches that have bells,” Ko­evoets said.

“Our (Le­gion) padres will have some spe­cial words for the 100th an­niver­sary,” Ko­eveots said.

“The ar­mistice is a his­tor­i­cal fact. It is also the mo­ment when we started hon­our­ing vet­er­ans,” said Ge­or­giana Stan­ciu, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Royal Cana­dian Reg­i­ment Mu­seum at Wolse­ley Bar­racks. “Our mu­seum has a very heavy sched­ule.”

Stan­ciu said there al­ready has been a strong re­sponse to the mu­seum’s Wall of Re­mem­brance, decked out with poppy cards filled out by civil­ians.

“It’s for the gen­eral pub­lic to ex­tend their ap­pre­ci­a­tion and share their thoughts,” she said.

Satur­day, at 11 a.m., the RCR As­so­ci­a­tion will un­veil a re­vised dig­i­tal reg­i­men­tal roll of hon­our at the mu­seum.

“It’s pretty so­phis­ti­cated,” Stan­ciu said of the roll of hon­our.

Stan­ciu says the First World War sec­tion of the RCR Mu­seum is “quite ex­ten­sive.”

The mu­seum will be open late, un­til 6 p.m., Sun­day.

Ac­tive mem­bers of the mil­i­tary will be seen through­out the city on Sun­day.

“Lon­don gar­ri­son will take part in var­i­ous Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­monies around the city,” said 31 Cana­dian Brigade Group spokesper­son An­drew McLaugh­lin.

DEREK RUTTAN/POST­MEDIA NEWS

Vis­i­tors to the Royal Cana­dian Reg­i­ment Mu­seum in Lon­don are en­cour­aged to leave notes on a “liv­ing wall” ac­knowl­edg­ing the sac­ri­fices of those who served.

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