Every November, the City of Guelph joins the community in honouring veterans on Remembrance Day.
Beginning on Saturday, November 8, McCrae House hosts several special activities, and pays tribute to those who lost their lives in the pursuit of freedom.
On November 11, Guelph will participate in a Remembrance Day ceremony at McCrae House, a parade from the Armoury, the laying of wreaths at the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire (IODE) Cross of Sacrifice at Guelph Central Station, a service at the Sleeman Centre and a procession past the Cenotaph to St. George’s Square.
In response to recent events at Canada’s War Memorial in Ottawa, Guelph and other municipalities are enhancing security measures during this year’s Remembrance Day activities. Guelph Police Services will be visible during all public Remembrance Day events.
The City asks those planning to attend the service at the Sleeman Centre to arrive early, and avoid bringing bags or knapsacks to the arena. Doors open at 9 a.m., and the service will begin at 10:20 a.m.
The house located at 108 Water Street is the birthplace of Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae—a doctor, soldier and author of “In Flanders Fields”. The poem captured the sentiments of World War I, and is often recited during Remembrance Day ceremonies held around the world.