Final plans are now in place surrounding the annual November 11th Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremony in Carleton Place.
With just over three weeks prior to this annual event, the organizing committee, spearheaded by members of the local Legion Branch #192, have been busy finalizing their plans for the annual Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremony. This year marks the 75th Anniversary of Canada’s participation in D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, as well as the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Belgium and the Italian Campaign. It also marks the 5th Anniversary of the end of Canada’s mission in Afghanistan.
Another meaningful event will be taking place leading up to the November 11th parade and ceremony. On Sunday, November 10th, the local Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps #211 Lanark will again be holding an all-night Vigil at the Cenotaph. The all-night vigil will begin at 6:45 p.m. with cadets lighting Remembrance candles that will line the walkway leading up to the Cenotaph.
Following the lighting and placement of the several candles, four cadets will then take up their positions at the four corners of the Cenotaph to begin their all-night vigil. There will then be a short ceremony that will include the playing of the last post, lament, rouse and the Act of Remembrance. This will be followed with a virtual Poppy Drop that will see virtual Poppies falling onto our Cenotaph. The Poppies represent our fallen Veterans and will shine on our Cenotaph throughout the night.
The Cadets will be utilizing our local library overnight for accommodations, taking shifts throughout the night for the all-night vigil.
On Monday, November 11th, the annual Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremony will begin similar to last year. The parade will form up on Mill Street at the Town Hall at 10:15 a.m. and begin at 10:30 a.m. Any Veteran who would like to be in the parade and is unable to march, is being asked to be at the local Legion Branch no later than 9:45 a.m. to be placed in a vehicle that will be included in the parade.
Local Legion Branch 192 President Peter Schaffer will again be the Parade Commander for the parade and Cenotaph Ceremony. The parade will be led by members of Branch 192 Colour Party and their Sgt-At-Arms, Barry Pascoe. Taking the salute on Veterans Way for the march past of the Colours and parade will be Brian Comeau, Immediate Past President of Branch 192, Father David Andrew, 1st Vice-President of Branch 192 and Ron Goebel, Master of Ceremonies for the Cenotaph Ceremony.
The ceremony at the Cenotaph will begin at 10:45 a.m. in order to facilitate the first gun salute that will fire at 11:00 a.m. Zion Memorial United Church will be open prior to and during the ceremony for use of their washrooms and will be serving coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water.
Road closures will take place to facilitate the parade and Cenotaph Ceremony with the areas of Mill Street, Franklin Street and Beckwith Street being closed from 8 a.m. until the Ceremony has been completed. Residents and businesses are being asked to not park in these areas during this time. No parking signs will be placed in the areas where street closures will take place and everyone’s cooperation is being requested.
Once again, a choir will participate in the Cenotaph Ceremony along with the Carleton Place and District Community Band. The choir will be comprised of members of the Zion Memorial United Church choir, members of the Carleton Place Town Singers, and members of the St. James Anglican Church choir.
Following the Remembrance Day Ceremony, local Legion Branch 192 invites all attendees to the Branch for a light luncheon and refreshment.