Old City Hall Remembrance Day Ceremony Livestream

 

 

The ceremony will begin at 10:55 a.m. on Thursday, November 11. View the programme below.

John Tory Mayor of Toronto - Proclamation

Remembrance Week

November 5 to 11, 2021

WHEREAS each year, we take time to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. During Remembrance Week, November 5 to 11, we honour and pay our respects to those who have fought and continue to fight for peace and the freedoms we enjoy today.

This year marks 100 years since the poppy has been used as a symbol of remembrance in Canada. In 1921, inspired by the words of John McCrae’s poem, In Flanders Fields, Madame Anna Guérin of France suggested that poppies be distributed on Armistice Day as a means of raising funds for veterans while also remembering those who died in times of war.

This year, the City of Toronto proclaimed the Year of the Poppy, commemorating the centennial of Canadian organizations formally adopting the poppy as a symbol of remembrance. During Remembrance Week, everyone is encouraged to purchase and wear a poppy in remembrance as well as in support of the Royal Canadian Legion and its programs.

Each year, we pause on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, to remember those who paid the ultimate price to protect our freedoms.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the bravery, courage and sacrifices of all Canadian veterans who fought for the peace and freedom we enjoy today in times of war, in peacekeeping operations and service here at home including during the pandemic. In the face of the many challenges, we continue to honour those who have served and those who continue to serve and their families.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 5 – 11, 2021 as “Remembrance Week” in the City of Toronto.

Remembrance Day ceremonies are being held across the city.  Members of the public can watch a livestream of the City’s Remembrance Day ceremony, that will be available on the City’s YouTube Channel  and on this page starting at 10:55 am on Thursday, November 11, 2021.

The Provincial guidelines now allow for greater capacity at Remembrance Day services. As a result, members of the public are welcome to attend a Remembrance Day service on Thursday November 11, 2021 at one of the following locations.

All ceremonies begin at 10:45 am:

  •  Toronto Old City Hall Cenotaph
    60 Queen St. W (Bay & Queen streets)
  • Scarborough War Memorial (Danforth and Kingston roads)
  • East York Civic Centre Memorial Gardens
    850 Coxwell Avenue
  • Etobicoke Civic Centre Cenotaph
    399 The West Mall
  •  York Civic Centre Cenotaph
    2700 Eglinton Avenue West
  • Fort York National Historic Site
    250 Fort York Blvd.

A ceremony will also take place indoors in North York, where attendance is by invitation only.

Please note: Civic Centres are closed and washrooms will not be open to the public.

We encourage those in attendance to wear a mask or face covering where physical distancing of two metres cannot be maintained.

  • The public is encouraged to watch the livestream of the Remembrance Day ceremony at Old City Hall, on the City’s Youtube channel or on local television stations.
  • Individuals are also reminded to stay home if they are sick/experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.Following these health and safety guidelines will allow the City to respectfully conduct its Remembrance Day ceremonies with dignity and solemnity.

Land Acknowledgement

National Anthem: O Canada

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all of us command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!

From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

Bugler: “The Last Post”

Two Minutes of Silence

Piper: “Lament”

Bugler: “The Rouse”

Act of Remembrance

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

Response by all:  We will remember them.

Commitment to Remember

They were young, as we are young,
They served, giving freely of themselves.
To them, we pledge, amid the winds of time,
To carry their torch and never forget.
We will remember them.

Response: We will remember them.

Reading: In Flanders Fields by John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Remarks

Presentation of Wreaths

Benediction

Royal Anthem: “God Save The Queen”

God Save our Gracious Queen
Long live our noble Queen
God Save The Queen

Send her victorious
Happy and glorious
Long to reign over us
God Save The Queen

Learn more about each element of the City’s Remembrance Day ceremonies.

 

Image of wreaths
Wreaths laid at a cenotaph

Wreaths were laid on behalf of the following organizations at City of Toronto Cenotaphs on November 11, 2021:

They Remember

  • The Parliament & Government of Canada
  • The Legislative Assembly & Government of Ontario
  • Veterans Affairs Canada
  • Royal Canadian Navy
    -HMCS Toronto
    -HMCS York
  • 32 Brigade Group, Canadian Army
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Royal Canadian Legion

  • District D Command
  • Zone D1
  • Branch 10 – Todmorden
  • Branch 11 – East Toronto
  • Branch 13
  • Branch 22 – Woodbine Heights and Ladies Auxiliary
  • Branch 31
  • Branch 75
  • Branch 345 – Brig, O. M. Martin
  • Branch 643

Youth of Toronto

  • Members of the Toronto Youth Cabinet

Consular Corps

Consulates General and Consulates of:

  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Barbados
  • Brazil
  • Dominican Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Korea, Republic of
  • Kosovo
  • Netherlands
  • Paraguay
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Sweden
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom

Veterans’ Organizations

  • Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada
  • City of Toronto Honour Guard
  • Korean War Association
  • Naval Association of Canada, Toronto Branch
  • Naval Club of Toronto
  • Republic of Vietnam Veteran Association of Ontario
  • Royal Canadian Air Force, Wing #430 ‘Warsaw’
  • Royal Canadian Military Institute
  • The Irish Regiment of Canada
  • Toronto Firefighters War Veterans Association
  • Toronto Sea Cadet Alumni
  • True Patriot Love Foundation
  • Vimy Foundation

Government Agencies & Corporations

  • Toronto Public Service
  • Toronto District School Board
  • Toronto Catholic District School Board
  • Conseil scolaire catholique Mon Avenir
  • Conseil scolaire Viamonde
  • Toronto Community Housing Corporation
  • Toronto Police Service
  • Toronto Fire Services
  • Toronto Paramedic Services
  • Toronto Hydro
  • Toronto Parking Authority
  • Toronto Public Library
  • Toronto Transit Commission

Labour Organizations

  • COTAPSA
  • CUPE Local 79
  • Ontario Crown Attorneys Association
  • Public Service Alliance of Canada
  • Toronto City Employees Union Local 416
  • Toronto Professional Firefighters Association
  • United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters, Local 46

Community Organizations

  • Canadian Red Cross
  • Canadian Serbian Alliance
  • Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
  • Commissionaires, Great Lakes Division
  • Historica Canada – The Memory Project
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Loyal Orange County Lodge of Toronto
  • Monarchist League of Canada – Toronto Branch
  • Salvation Army
  • Scarborough Bluffs Community Association
  • Scouts Canada
  • Sons & Daughters of Ireland Protestant Association
  • St. Andrew’s Society of Toronto
  • St. George’s Society of Toronto
  • Thiepval Memorial Loyal Orange Lodge No. 1916 – Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland
  • Toronto East Rotary Club

     Lest We Forget

Here are some of the commemorative activities planned for Remembrance Week.

  • Mayor John Tory has proclaimed Remembrance Week – November 5 to 11, 2021 and Indigenous Veterans Day on November 8, 2021.
  • The City of Toronto sign will be lit in red on November 11.
  • All Toronto Transit Commission vehicles will stop for two minutes on November 11 at 11 a.m. In addition, “Lest We Forget” window cards will be placed in TTC vehicles prior to Remembrance Day.
  • Commemorative posts will be available on the City of Toronto’s official Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts throughout Remembrance Week.
  • Virtual content will be posted on social media throughout the week. The City’s YouTube channel and local television stations will have a live broadcast of the Remembrance Day ceremony taking place on November 11 at 10:55 am.

Here is how you can commemorate Remembrance Day: