Remembrance Day Ceremony

Date
Wed, Nov 11 2020, All day
Type
Event
Location
Victoria Park

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:

  • 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 shall assemble at the Cenotaph and dismiss from the Cenotaph following the service.  
  • The traditional four armed sentries at the London Cenotaph shall be posted by Canadian Armed Forces and 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 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 10; between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 11; or after 1:00 p.m. following the Remembrance Day Ceremony.  
  • Media are welcome to attend but requested to coordinate with the Committee.  The ceremony will broadcast/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 streamed by 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 twentyfive (25).
  • 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.
  • Members of the Cadet and Junior Rangers, due to the current pandemic, are prohibited from participating in such activities as remembrance ceremonies.
  • Many of our Veterans are in the demographic most at-risk in the current pandemic.   
Remembrance Day Appointments

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

  • Reviewing Officer - Capt (N) Sean Batte, CD
  • Honourary Parade Commander - CWO (retd) Pete Schussler, MMM, 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 - Lt (N) Catherinanne George, CD
  • Bag Piper - Ms. Rachel Black
  • 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 - Capt (N) Sean Batte, 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 - Lt (retd) Gerry Treble  
  • Public Relations - LCdr (retd) David Lewis, MSM, CD  
  • Director - Capt Jerry Juraszko, MMM, CD  
  • Ex Officio - Parade Appointments  
  • Liaison Officer (Canadian Forces) - CWO Mark Delarosbil, MMM, CD  
  • Liaison Officer (RCMP) - Sgt Lucie Morin  
  • 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 11:00 a.m. 

Last modified:Tuesday, November 03, 2020