In keeping with Provincial regulations, as of September 22, the City of London will require people to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their vaccination status to access certain City recreation programs, services and facilities.
The 2020 London Remembrance Day Ceremony will be conducted at the London Cenotaph in Victoria Park on November 11, 2020 while working within the restrictions imposed by the current pandemic. 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 considered paramount, especially during the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. As so many other commemorations have either been cancelled or delayed by the current pandemic, the symbology of 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 conform to the local restrictions as follows:
There are a few different ways you can show your support during this year's Remembrance Day:
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:
Albeit there is no parade this year, all appointments are maintained. 2020 appointments include:
Official wreaths to be laid at the Remembrance Ceremony:
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.
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 11:00 a.m.