Observe Remembrance Day Safely at Home

For Immediate Release

Friday, October 30, 2020 - Port Hope, ON

The Municipality of Port Hope is urging residents to observe Remembrance Day at home this year, amid the ongoing pandemic and to ensure that the Provincial gathering limits are not exceeded.

“Remembrance Day is traditionally observed with ceremonies at our two cenotaphs, Memorial Park and Canton, but this year we will need to break from custom and pay our respects to our war veterans privately at home,” notes Bob Sanderson, Mayor of the Municipality of Port Hope. “This change in the way that we honour November 11th should not impact the importance of the day. I encourage all of our community members to observe a moment of silence together at the 11th hour to mark the sacrifice of those who have fallen in service our Country, and the dedication of those who continue to serve today.”

Residents may also wish to tune in to the National Remembrance Day service from home. 

A private service with only a small contingent of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 30 members will take place at the cenotaph in Memorial Park, and residents may notice wreaths and poppies on the cenotaph following Remembrance Day. Additionally, Legion members will mark November 11th in Canton by placing wreaths and the stone on the “Wall for Future Peace” ahead of Remembrance Day, to honour those memorialized at the Canton Cenotaph.

The annual Poppy Campaign, an initiative of the Royal Canadian Legion, launches today until November 11, and all Canadians are encouraged to wear a poppy as a visual pledge to honour Canada’s Veterans and remember those who sacrificed for the freedoms we enjoy today.

The Municipality of Port Hope has partnered with Local Legion Branch 30 by raising the Poppy Flag at the cenotaph in Memorial Park and by placing poppy boxes at the two municipal facilities that are currently open to the public: Town Park Recreation Centre (located at 62 McCaul Street) and Jack Burger Sports Complex (located at 60 Highland Drive). Residents are reminded that masks are mandatory to enter these facilities unless you fall under an exempted category.

Donations to the Port Hope Legion Branch 30 are always welcome and residents can visit their website for details about how to support the local Branch. Additionally, the Royal Canadian Legion has merchandise available for purchase, with proceeds benefitting the Legion and our veterans.

Avenue of Heroes Banner Program

The Avenue of Heroes banners were once again installed in downtown Port Hope. The veteran banner program is an ongoing legacy project where veteran banners are displayed on posts in downtown Port Hope between early October and November 12 each year as a means to pay tribute to our local veterans, deceased veterans, and active service members.

This year the Rotary Club of Port Hope and the Heritage Business Improvement Area have collaborated to support 11 additional banners, honouring Canadian Air Force veterans who have served for our collective safety and security.

Cenotaph Beautification Project

The revitalized Cenotaph at Memorial Park is nearing completion. An official unveiling of the revitalized cenotaph will be scheduled and promoted at a later date.

Enhancements made to the cenotaph include:

  • New sidewalk approaching and surrounding the Cenotaph with interlocking pavers, stamped concrete, and new LED lights in the hydro poles on Queen Street
  • New monogrammed stones
  • New knee walls and base, built low for visitors to sit
  • Two new flag poles installed

Contributions are still being accepted for the monogrammed stone program. For details, please visit the cenotaph beautification webpage or contact Amanda Millar at amillar@porthope.ca

Once complete, residents are encouraged to drive by the cenotaph or visit it on their own to admire the renovations and pay their respects privately.

Staff services and Municipal Transit interruption on Remembrance Day

Please note that there will be no staff services or regular transit service on Remembrance Day. The ROLLS program will be not affected and the Port Hope Public Library will remain open.

Staff and transit services will resume at their usual business hours on Thursday, November 12, 2020.