We are The Guardians of Remembrance
   

 

Remembrance

The Royal Canadian Legion and its branches are the Guardians of Remembrance

Every October and November, our branch’s main focus is on the Poppy Campaign and the National Day of Remembrance. We usually conduct a number of services for shut-ins at local institutions, and we usually hold a Remembrance Day service at 11 a.m. at the Carlingwood Mall; our main service and wreath-laying ceremony being at 2 p.m. at the Westboro Cenotaph.

However, this year we have had to cut back on these events due to the current pandemic. The services for shut-ins have been cancelled, as is the 11 a.m. service at Carlingwood Mall on November 11th. Since numbers of people allowed in gatherings changes frequently during this pandemic, we have not finalized our plans for Nov. 11th. We encourage you to watch the ceremony at the national cenotaph on television for the 11 o'clock service.

Westboro Cenotaph
This memorial, erected by the Westboro War Memorial Association, was dedicated on June 8, 1985 to honour the fallen members of Westboro and surrounding areas. It’s located near Byron Avenue between Golden and Broadview avenues.

The Battle of the Atlantic
More than 4,600 courageous service men and women in the Canadian Merchant Navy, the Royal Canadian Navy, and the Royal Canadian Air Force lost their lives at sea during the Battle of the Atlantic. This battle lasted from September 1939 to May 1945, making it Canada’s longest military engagement of the Second World War.

Remembrance Day
Every year, leading up and on Nov. 11, Canadians show their gratitude to and respect for those who sacrificed so much as they so bravely fought for their country. We wear poppies produced and distributed by the Royal Canadian Legion, and we honour the fallen at a Remembrance Ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. We also gather for smaller but very moving ceremonies organized by Legion branches in thousands of neighbourhoods.

Books of Remembrance
These seven books, with the names of Canadians who fought in wars and died either during or after them, lie in the Memorial Chamber in the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill. If you want to obtain a copy of a page, you can order online.

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.