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Re-imagined Remembrance Day Program for the City of Windsor

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Re-imagined Remembrance Day Program for the City of Windsor

The City of Windsor has a proud tradition of gathering with local veterans throughout the year to pay respects to those who have fallen in military service, as well as the men and women who continue to serve today.

A live Remembrance Day ceremony honouring our veterans and their sacrifices is important, especially during the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. However, as with so many other commemorations during the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to safely gather together as we once did.

The City of Windsor has partnered with the Windsor Veterans Memorial Services Committee, local military representatives, Windsor Police Service and performing artists to re-imagine a Remembrance Day program that follows public health guidelines while providing a meaningful opportunity to remember our heroes.

We Remember Their Stories
Between Monday, October 26, and Monday, November 9, 2020, Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens is asking local veterans and their families to record videos reflecting on their service, their stories, their comrades and Remembrance Day. The videos will be shared across social media as they are submitted in the days leading up to November 11, 2020. The videos can be recorded by phone, in landscape/horizontal format, and submitted to the Mayor’s Office via email at [email protected]

“This year, as our community continues to respond to this pandemic, we are unable to gather together as easily as we once did. But through the virtual Remembrance Day service, virtual concert and inclusion of video testimonials online, we can still pay our respects, pause to reflect, and say ‘thank you’ to the brave women and men who fought to leave our world a bit better than they found it. We would not be here without them.” – Mayor Drew Dilkens

“Lest We Forget” Remembrance Day Virtual Concert
On Friday, November 6, 2020, at 7:00 p.m., the Windsor Classic Chorale (WCC) will broadcast their virtual concert “Lest We Forget” to honour the sacrifices made by our Canadian soldiers in war. The WCC has created a program consisting of “Armistice 1918” by Carnahan, “Requiem” by Hella Johnson, “In Remembrance” by Daley and “After the War” originally sung in the movie Passchendaele and arranged for choir by Mark Sirrett. Along with the choral music, there will be readings and images from around Windsor-Essex commemorating our fallen soldiers. This concert will be broadcast via the Windsor Classic Chorale YouTube channel.

Remembrance Day Service
On Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., representatives of the Windsor Veterans Memorial Services Committee (WVMSC), pre-registered wreath bearers and government officials will attend the cenotaph in Windsor for a small ceremony, observing all public health restrictions for in-person gatherings. Spectators are asked not to attend due to the limited space and requirement to physically distance. The service will be broadcast live on YourTV and via Facebook Live on the City of Windsor’s Facebook page, making the ceremony available for all residents to safely experience from their homes. YourTV will also rebroadcast the ceremony at 4pm and 9pm. Organizations and individuals wishing to lay a wreath this year must pre-register with Ms. Bonnie Burian, Secretary of the WVMSC by phone at 519-251-9779 or by email at [email protected] Please note that you may be requested to lay your wreath personally on site after 1:00 p.m. on November 11.

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