2018 marks 100 years since the end of the First World War, also known as the Great War. You are invited to events across the city to commemorate this anniversary, including:
- See the Great War Book of Remembrance (November 5-10)
- Attend the re-dedication of Coronation Park (November 10, 10:30 a.m.)
- Watch the military parade downtown (November 11, 10:15 a.m.)
- Witness a Remembrance Day service near you (November 11, 10:45 a.m.)
- Listen to the bells ring across Toronto (November 11, 4:56 p.m.)
The City of Toronto’s 2018 Remembrance Day Ceremonies will commemorates those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, Peacekeeping and the Afghanistan conflict.
Learn why we remember and the significance of each portion of the Civic Remembrance Day ceremony.
Community & Royal Canadian Legion Remembrance Day Services
Community organizations and the Royal Canadian Legion also organize Remembrance Day services across the city.
Also see a list of the Province of Ontario’s services.
Starting at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, November 11, 500 members of the Canadian Armed Forces will parade north on University Avenue from Union Station to symbolize the return of soldiers from the First World War. They will march from the train station as they would have done in 1918-1919.
The remaining 250 soldiers from regiments around Ontario will continue to march north to Queen’s Park to participate in the Provincial ceremony.
Great War Book of Remembrance
The City of Toronto has identified the names of 3,900 people who died during the First World War and were members of Toronto-based regiments. To commemorate their sacrifice, a book named the Great War Book of Remembrance is being made, which will list the names of these individuals. It will be officially dedicated on Monday, November 5 at City Hall.
The book will be available for public viewing during Remembrance Week (November 5-11) in the City Hall, Rotunda. After November 11, the book will be available at the Toronto Archives.
Golden Book of Remembrance
The City of Toronto has a book of the war dead from the Second World War, called the Golden Book of Remembrance. It was officially dedicated by the City on December 28, 1947, and contains the names of 3,300 servicemen and five women from Toronto.
The Golden Book of Remembrance resides at the Toronto Archives.
Join members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Commonwealth Consular Corps for a special rededication ceremony.
The unique commemorative function of Coronation Park, tied to the First World War, is being restored. A moment of silence will be observed.
When: Saturday, November 10, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Where: Coronation Park (711 Lake Shore Blvd. W.)
About Coronation Park
Coronation Park on the waterfront is a living war memorial that was opened to commemorate King George VI’s coronation on May 12, 1937.
The trees in the park commemorate the service and sacrifice of Canada’s military forces, principally those from the Great War (also known as the First World War) and embody the spirit of idealism that emerged following the horrors of the war.
144 trees were planted to commemorate Canada’s military in honour of the King’s coronation. This was the largest tree planting of its kind in Canada at the time. Each tree was ceremonially placed by veterans of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.
On August 1, 1938, veterans returned to simultaneously unveil plaques, with one tree to commemorate each unit that fought.
During the 1939 royal visit, war veterans and the Men of the Trees and Toronto students planted 123 sugar maples along Remembrance Drive as the royal vehicle passed by.
The park is an important commemorative space and is possibly the largest First World War memorial in Toronto. It is now being restored to its original design as a permanent memorial to Canada and Toronto’s war effort. The first stage of this redesign will be completed by November 10, 2018.
On Sunday, November 11 at sunset (4:56 p.m.) bells across Toronto will ring 100 times to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War. This initiative, called Bells of Peace, is being led by the Royal Canadian Legion.
The City of Toronto will ring bells at Old City Hall and the North York Civic Centre. Other community organizations and institutions that have registered to take part will be listed on this page.
The ringing of bells will symbolize the church bells that rang across Europe in 1918 for the end of the Great War. When you hear the bells on November 11, we encourage you to take a moment and remember all those who have served and sacrificed.
The Royal Canadian Legion is also encouraging children, schools and youth organizations to research, locate and place flags on the graves of Canadian Veterans of the Great War.