This year, Remembrance Day marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War in 1918. Barrie’s Royal Canadian Legion branch and the City of Barrie will join communities across Canada in remembering our country’s contributions and sacrifices with a series of special activities.
Remembrance Day Vigil at Memorial Square. From 7 p.m. on Nov. 10 to 7 a.m. on Nov. 11, five cadets from each of the Air, Army, Sea and Navy League Cadet programs, in rotating shifts, will stand vigil at the cenotaph.
Remembrance Day parade and ceremony, 10 a.m. on Nov. 11. The annual parade will start along Dunlop Street at Mulcaster and march to the Five Points intersection halting in front of the cenotaph in Memorial Square for the ceremony. Two minutes of silence will be observed at 11 a.m. followed by the ceremony and laying of wreaths.
A special performance of We Must Have More Men! Barrie and the Great War presented by Theatre By The Bay begins immediately after the Remembrance Day ceremony at Meridian Place. The play brings to life the personal accounts of the soldiers from Barrie and Simcoe County who fought in the trenches, at sea and in the air in the Great War, as well as the wives and children who kept the home fires burning.
First World War Armistice Ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 11 at Military Heritage Park. Members of the military, cadets and family members will honour those from Barrie and Simcoe County that served. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
In commemoration of our fallen soldiers, on Nov. 11, the Barrie Legion will line the entrances to all three of Barrie’s cemeteries (Barrie Union, St. Mary’s Catholic and St. Paul’s Anglican) with 100 Canadian flags.
Barrie will join communities across Canada to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War with the ringing of 100 bells. Local churches will be asked to ring their bells 100 times at 4:56 p.m. on Nov. 11 to emulate the moment in 1918 when church bells across Europe tolled as four years of war had come to an end.