Remembrance Day, marked annually on November 11 across Canada and in many countries around the world, is a military memorial day observed since the end of the First World War, to honour members of the armed forces who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The day is observed on November 11 to recognize the end of WWI battles on “the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month,” the day and time fighting ceased in accordance with the armistice signed earlier the same day.
Here in the Kingston area, thousands will come together at a number of different events, remembering those who lost their lives while serving in the Canadian Armed Forces, as well as those veterans who remain with us, and those currently serving.
With Remembrance Day 2022 just a week away, we’ve collected information on all of the ceremonies and events occurring in Kingston and the area, as well as need-to-know information. Remembrance Day will be observed with an official City of Kingston Civic Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 11, 2021, as well as other ceremonies in the area, as listed below. It is also a municipal holiday, and a list of municipal schedule changes and affected City services follows the ceremony details. No matter how you observe or mark Remembrance Day, keep in mind a number of ceremonies involve parades on public roadways, so be cautious in your travels, and plan ahead to give yourself and others the time needed.
City of Kingston Civic Ceremony
The City of Kingston Remembrance Day Civic Ceremony will take place on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, at the Cross of Sacrifice, located in Macdonald Park, where King Street East meets George Street.
“The public is invited to watch the laying of the wreaths before the service should they wish,” the City said in a press release.
The Civic Ceremony will be in French and English, have seating for veterans and those with disabilities, and an ASL interpreter will be present throughout. The schedule is as follows:
9:15 a.m.: Community wreath-laying ceremony
10:15 a.m.: Veterans and military groups wreath-laying ceremony
10:45 a.m.: Civic Ceremony
The ceremony will not be live-streamed this year, however, the City of Kingston noted that YourTV Kingston will be filming the proceedings and plans to broadcast the events on channels 13 and 700 at 2 p.m., 7 p.m., and 10 p.m. the same day.
The City also offered the following tips on “ways to remember and honour on Remembrance Day”:
- Observe 2 minutes of silence at 11 a.m.
- Watch the recorded broadcasts on YourTV
- Attend the Civic Ceremony in person
- Purchase a wreath or poppy from the Royal Canadian Legion. To order a wreath please contact Merrill Gooderham, Poppy Chair, Royal Canadian Legion at 613-544-5522.
CFB Kingston ceremonies
Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Kingston is returning to hosting their traditional two ceremonies on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, which are both open to the public this year.
The Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RCEME) Remembrance Day Service will take place at the McNaughton (RCEME) Gate, located at Highway 2 and Apprentice Street, with the ceremony to commence at 10:25 a.m.
The Vimy Remembrance Day Service will take place at the Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics (CFSCE) Parade Square, located at Parade Road and Byng Avenue, with the ceremony to commence at 10:30 a.m.
RCHA Club ceremony
The Royal Canadian Horse Artillery Brigade Association (RCHA) will host their annual Remembrance Day at the RCHA Memorial in City Park (at the corner of Barrie and King Streets) beginning at 10:45 a.m. Conducted by retired gunner L/Col. Bob Chamberlain, the event will be supported by two RCHA from Petawawa, “who will provide a gun detachment to fire two rounds at the beginning and end of the two minutes of silence. Two Gunners, dressed in RCHA period uniforms, will assist in the wreath laying,” the RCHA said.
Five wreaths will be placed, and Padre George Bruce, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Ontario, will offer prayers for the fallen and serving military, according to the organization. The trumpeter will be Janet McCrae, the soloist will be Michael K. Myers, and the piper is TBA.
“All those in attendance are invited to a reception at the RCHA Club following the service,” the RCHA Club stated.
Collins Bay Cenotaph ceremony with RCL Branch 631
Hosted by the Royal Canadian Legion (RCL) Branch 631 in Collins Bay, the annual Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Collins Bay Cenotaph, located on Hillview Road, will take place on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, beginning at 11 a.m. Attendees are advised to arrive early, and the ceremony will include wreath-laying, gun salutes before and after the moment of silence, and the playing of The Last Post and Taps on trumpet. The ceremony begins when the parade arrives from RCL Branch 631 on Bath Road, which invites attendees to join them in a reception following the ceremonies, as well.
Wolfe Island ceremony
The Wolfe Island Remembrance Day Service will be held at the Town Hall in Marysville. All are welcome to the event, which will begin at 10:30 a.m.
The Wolfe Island Historical Society noted on social media that the shuttle from the ferry to the village is no longer running.
Wilton Cenotaph ceremony
The Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics, in association with the Lions Club of Odessa and District, will be conducting the annual Remembrance Day Service at the Wilton Cenotaph on Wilton on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, starting at 10:30 am, according to Loyalist Township.
“Attendees are invited to The Palace at the Odessa Fairgrounds following the service for refreshments and fellowship,” the Township said. The Wilton Cenotaph is located at the intersection of Simmons and Fisk Roads, across from the Wilton Cemetery.
Napanee Remembrance Day Parade
The Napanee Legion will hold a Remembrance Day Parade at 11 a.m. Participants will gather at the Legion Branch 137 at 26 Mill Street East at 10:30 a.m. and parade to the Cenotaph on Thomas Street East.
North Frontenac Ceremony
“I hope to see you at the Remembrance Day event tomorrow at the Plevna Cenotaph, starting at 10:45 a.m.” Mayor Ron Higgins said on social media on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022. The Pleva Cenotaph is located on Buckshot Lake Roade, at the Clarendon Miller Commmunity Hall.
Municipal service changes in Kingston
The following are City of Kingston schedule changes for Friday, Nov. 11, 2022:
- Garbage, Green Bin and Recycling: There is no collection on Nov. 11. Regular Friday collection will be moved to Saturday, Nov.12. Sign up to receive collection reminders by phone, push notification, or email.
- Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC): Closed on Friday. KARC will be open Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Administrative Offices: All administrative offices, including Housing and Social Services and Provincial Offences, will be closed.?
- Kingston Transit: Buses run as usual. Plan your bus trip with Google Transit: KingstonTransit.ca/TripPlanner.
- Kingston Access Bus: Buses run as usual.
- Artillery Park Aquatic Centre, INVISTA Centre/ Fitness & Wellness Centre, Rideau Heights Community Centre, Kingston East Community Centre and arenas: Open.
- Swimming lessons and drop-in programming: City of Kingston programs at the West-end Boys & Girls Club will continue as usual.
- CaraCo Home Field: Closed.
- Libraries: All branches of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library will be open.
- Kingston Grand Theatre: Open.
- Utilities Kingston: Open.
- PumpHouse Museum: Closed.
Do you know of additional Remembrance Day events in the Kingston area that we’ve missed listing here? Email Editor Tori Stafford at [email protected] to let us know!