To most of us, it’s called Remembrance Day.

It’s that special day in November when we remember our fallen war heroes with a poppy, a service, and that moment of silence.

In the United States, it’s known as Veteran’s Day and for many others, it still remains Armistice Day.

This year Remembrance Day has an extra degree of importance and its origin deserves another look.

Remembrance Day this year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice reached during World War I,  ending hostilities between the Allies and Germany.

It was a gruesome war that to this day is referred to as The Great War.

Though the war didn’t officially end until the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28th, 1919, it’s the date and time the armistice took effect that still remains ingrained in our minds.

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

In Parry Sound, the banners hanging throughout the town and made possible by the Community Remembrance Project, are reminders of the sacrifices local veterans and families have made and continue to make to ensure our safety and freedoms.

The project is a partnership between Parry Sound High School, the Town of Parry Sound, the Museum on Tower Hill, the Downtown Business Association, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 117, and is guided by teacher and 2017 Order of Parry Sound recipient, Rick Lund.

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Rick Lund holding the original World War I end of hostilities signal 71st Battalion CEF from 1st Canadian Division at 07:45 November 11, 1918. Photo: Tom Mangos

It is through their efforts that Remembrance Day and its heroes remain significant especially on this, the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.

Remembrance Day services will take place at 11:00 am on Sunday at the Cenotaph in Market Square on Mary Street in Parry Sound.

 

 

 

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