Thousands of people gathered at the Cenotaph at Memorial Square in downtown Barrie for an extra special Remembrance Day ceremony on Sunday.
Simcoe County has strong ties to military and service, with over a thousand local residents giving their lives while serving or from injuries suffered in combat.
Those lives were remembered and our current members honoured and celebrated during the parade and gathering Sunday – which marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice to end World War I.
The City of Barrie and its local legion are one of countless communities across Canada and the world recognizing this historic anniversary and remembering the sacrifices made before and since.
The annual parade started along Dunlop Street at Mulcaster and marched to the Five Points intersection, halting in front of the Cenotaph in Memorial Square for the ceremony. Two minutes of silence were observed at 11 a.m. followed by the ceremony and laying of wreaths.
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Posted by Barrie 360 on Saturday, November 10, 2018
WWI Armistice Ceremony | Sunday, November 11, 4:30 p.m. | Military Heritage Park
Members of the military, cadets and family members will gather to honour those from Barrie & Simcoe County who served in WWI. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
Bells of Peace – Local churches will ring their bells 100 times at “the going down of the sun” (4:56 p.m.), to emulate the moment in 1918 when church bells across Europe tolled as four years of war had come to an end.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“The accomplishments of Canadian soldiers who fought in WWI solidified Canada’s reputation for defending peace and freedom around the world, which continues to this day,” said Mayor Jeff Lehman. [/perfectpullquote]
“These achievements came at a high price and as we join together to mark the 100thanniversary of the WWI armistice, we remember the great sacrifices of the men and women who served and continue to serve to protect the values of freedom and democracy.”
In honour of the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, the County of Simcoe Archives have launched a new online memorial
More information here: https://goo.gl/zHggL1
Posted by Barrie 360 on Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Simcoe County Archives has put together an honour roll to recognize the men and women from Simcoe County who gave their lives during the war, with more than a thousand local residents included.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“This is a tremendously important undertaking and truly documents the significant sacrifices of our men, women and families during WWI,” said Deputy Warden Terry Dowdall.[/perfectpullquote]
Opening of Memorial Square
This has been a memorable year for our service members, the County and the city of Barrie. Barrie officially opened Memorial Square on Canada Day this year. The parade carried soil from Vimy Ridge – symbolic of the Canadian soldiers who fought in the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917 – that was laid to rest in a dedicated memorial monument next to the cenotaph.
We spoke to Fern Taillefer, Contingent Commander of the Veterans, that day after he was hugging another veteran. “He wad overcome by emotion. He is suffering with PTSD and ceremonies like this are difficult. Even speaking with you now, I’m getting emotional.”