It’s the day Canadians gather together to honour veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Remembrance Day services will be held here in London and across Canada on Friday, to pay tribute to the country’s war dead and express gratitude to current military members.
The most prominent event is in Ottawa at the National War Memorial, where Governor General David Johnston and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are among those who will be attending.
Hundreds of people are also expected to gather in Victoria Park Friday morning for the annual ceremony at the Cenotaph.
It’s either that ceremony or another happening at Huron College that Canadian Armed Forces Vet and Ex Master Corporal Jason Stewart plans to attend.
He served 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in the summer of 1993 in the Balkan Wars.
They were serving as peacekeepers through the United Nations Protection Force, in “Sector South Coatia” which is now known as Croatia proper.
He spoke to AM980 about what comes to mind when he thinks about his experience overseas.
“The madness of what men can do to each other, it’s frightening, it’s disturbing,” said Stewart. “You always think back to whether or not your mission accomplished its objectives, and whether or not you actually made a difference in people’s lives and to be honest with you, I can’t say we did.”
Stewart is urging Canadians to take part in Remembrance Day services.
“It’s a day where I reflect back on all the members I served with who were either injured or who are no longer with us, and all the members of the past who served in the Great Wars and in Korea, and on peacekeeping, it’s just time to show my respect and make sure that I am at least showing them their respect and the knowledge that I’m still thinking about them,” said Stewart.
There’s free parking on all city of London lots and street spaces during Friday morning’s ceremony at the corner of Wellington Street and Dufferin Avenue, which starts at around 10:45a.m.
Dufferin Ave will be closed from Picton St to Clarence St, Wellington St from Dufferin Ave to Wolfe St from 9am to 1pm.
The LTC is offering free bus service to veterans all day, and where practical and safe to do so, LTC buses will pull to the side of the road for one minute of silence at 11a.m.
As well, the London Taxi Association says 4 local companies, U-Need-A, Yellow London Taxi, Blue and White, and London Green Taxi, are providing free rides for veterans on Remembrance Day to and from Cenotaph Services and also to London Legions.
Veterans are encouraged to book ahead if possible:
- U-Need-A: 519-438-2121
- Yellow London Taxi: 519-657-1111
- Blue and White Taxi: 519-432-2222
- London Green Taxi: 519-777-8888
The service in Victoria Park is scheduled to conclude at 11:45 a.m.