Remembrance Day Ceremony - November 11, 2021

Victoria Park

The 2021 London Remembrance Day Ceremony will be conducted at the London Cenotaph in Victoria Park on November 11, 2021 while working within the COVID-19 restrictions. Participation is by invitation only and spectators are discouraged from attending due to local restriction and the requirement to physically distance. 

The importance of a live ceremony honouring our Veterans and their sacrifices is paramount, especially during the 100th anniversary of the Poppy as Canada’s symbol of Remembrance.  As so many other commemorations have been cancelled or delayed by the pandemic, paying homage to past sacrifices and before the eyes of those that served is more important now than ever. 

The conduct of the London Remembrance Day Ceremony will follow the standard format, but will be modified to adhere to local restrictions as follows:

  • Participation at the London Cenotaph is by invitation only. Spectators are discouraged from attending due to local restriction and the requirement to physically distance.  
  • There will be no marching parade this year. Participants will meet at the Cenotaph and leave from the Cenotaph following the service.  
  • The traditional four-armed sentries at the London Cenotaph will be posted by the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.  
  • A total of eight official wreaths shall be laid during the ceremony.  
  • The public is invited to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph between noon and 8 p.m., Wednesday, November 10; between 8 and 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 11; or after 1 p.m. following the Remembrance Day Ceremony.  
  • Media are welcome to attend but are requested to coordinate with the Committee. The ceremony will broadcasted/streamed via Rogers TV and CTV London.

How can I show my support if I cannot attend this event?

There are a few different ways you can show your support during this year's Remembrance Day:

  • Watch London’s Remembrance Day Ceremony on Rogers TV and CTV London.  
  • At 11:00 a.m. on November 11, stand outside your residence or business to publicly observe two minutes of silence.  
  • Wear a Poppy. Thank a Veteran. 
Contributing factors in determining this year's Remembrance Day Ceremony

The planning of the National Remembrance Ceremony has taken into consideration the following restrictions imposed by the Regional and Provincial health authorities as a result of the current pandemic:   

  • The Government and local health authorities’ direction on the limit on outside gatherings. Locally, the maximum number for an outdoors gathering is one hundred (100).
  • The requirement to physically distance between individuals to a minimum of six feet or two meters.
  • The requirement to wear protective masks at outdoor events.
  • Many of our Veterans are in the demographic most at-risk in the current pandemic.
Remembrance Day Appointments

While there is no parade this year, all appointments are maintained. 2020 appointments include:  

  • Reviewing Officer – BGen Mark Campbell, CD
  • Parade Commander - LCol (retd) Rick Phillips, CD
  • Deputy Parade Commander - LCdr (retd) Mark Van Den Bossche, CD
  • Parade Sergeant Major  - WO (retd) Derrick McClinchey, CD
  • Master of Ceremony - Mr. Jim Swan
  • Chaplain – Colonel (retd) the Rt Rev Nigel Shaw, CD
  • Bag Piper – Pipe Major Scott Shaw
  • Bugler - Mr. David Cunningham 

Official wreaths to be laid at the Remembrance Ceremony:  

  • Silver Cross - Ms. Carolyn Wilson  
  • Govt of Canada - MP Peter Fragiskatos  
  • Province of Ontario - MPP Terence Kernaghan  
  • City of London - Mayor Ed Holder  
  • Canadian Armed Forces – BGen Mark Campbell, CD
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police - A/ Comm Jodie Boudreau  
  • Royal Canadian Legion - Mr. Brian W. Harris  
  • Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire - Ms. Liz Milne 
London Remembrance Day Committee

London area Veteran associations and interested community groups are invited to participate as members of London Remembrance Day Committee. A steering committee includes executive of the Remembrance Day Committee, key Parade appointees and representatives of the Canadian Forces, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Royal Canadian Legion and the City of London.  

  • Chairperson - Sgt (retd) Randy Warden  
  • Secretary - Ms. Beth Sayler  
  • Treasurer – LCdr (retd) Mark Van Den Bossche, CD
  • Public Relations – Maj (retd) Bruce Stock, CD  
  • Director - Capt Jerry Juraszko, MMM, CD  
  • Ex Officio - Parade Appointments  
  • Liaison Officer (Canadian Forces) - CWO Mark Delarosbil, MMM, CD  
  • Liaison Officer (RCMP) – Cpl Kelly McMullen 
  • Liaison Officer (Legion) - LCol (retd) Brian N. Harris, CD  
  • Liaison Officer (City of London) - Ms. Robin Armistead 

Elsewhere in London

London area branches (Zone A6) of the Royal Canadian Legion, Churches and other places of worship, and other Veteran or community groups may also hold services. Given the pandemic restriction for the number of participants, these events may also be by invitation only. Please contact them directly for more information. At 10:55 a.m., Remembrance Day, Pipers of London Police Pipes and Drums shall be positioned at key Veteran cemeteries throughout the City. The Pipers shall play in unison prior to observing two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. 

Last modified:Wednesday, October 27, 2021