Poppy crosswalk installed in downtown Barrie

"Another way residents can honour and remember our fallen soldiers"

New artwork has been placed in the crosswalk spanning the foot of Owen Street, across from The Cenotaph in downtown Barrie.

Three poppies, each 24 inches (0.61 metres) in size, have been placed on the roadway. They’re made of thermoplastic and can last as long as seven years.

photo: D. Carr/Barrie 360

“The poppy crosswalk is another way residents can honour and remember our fallen soldiers on Remembrance Day, as well as at other times of the year,” says Mayor Jeff Lehman. “I hope everyone will take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices made as they walk by the poppies.”

The City consulted with Barrie’s Royal Canadian Legion Branch, and they are in support of the crosswalk installation as a way to remember our veterans and their sacrifices.

Reminder: Remembrance Day in Barrie on November 11

​To protect the health of local veterans and community members, there will be no in-person, public ceremony at the Memorial Square Cenotaph downtown on Remembrance Day. The Legion is hosting a private ceremony starting at 10:45 a.m. on November 11. The public can watch virtually on Rogers Channel 10 or visit the City’s Remembrance Day webpage for links to watch the ceremony.

Veterans also ride Barrie Transit free of charge, with one companion, all day on Remembrance Day by showing anything that identifies status as a veteran.

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