Remembrance Day 2017 Events in Montreal

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    Remembering Remembrance Day in Montreal: Le Jour du Souvenir

    Remembrance Day events in Montreal in 2015.
    ••• Above: Members of the Royal Canadian Air Force being taught about weaponry at a training centre in Canada circa 1940. Ivan Dmitri / Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images

    Honoring the men and women who sacrificed their well-being to protect ours, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month is recognized in silence across the country since 1919, a traditional tribute to Canada's armed forces who died in the throes of war and peacekeeping efforts.

    Remembrance Day in Montreal is also referred to as Jour du Souvenir. In 2017, Armistice Day, November 11, falls on a Saturday. 

    Remembrance Day, originally known as Armistice Day, marked the end of World War I, which occurred on November 11, 1918 at 11 a.m. In addition to parades and commemorations across cities and small towns, all Canadian flags on federal government buildings are flown at half-mast and schools across the country observe at least a moment of silence at 11 a.m.

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    McGill University's MacDonald Campus Remembrance Day Ceremony

    Remembrance Day events in Montreal this November 11, 2017.
    ••• Above: Corporal C. B. Fontain of Montreal, Royal Canadian 22nd Regiment, holding a town near Rimini in Italy during World War 2, circa 1943. FPG / Staff / Getty Images

    McGill University usually holds its Remembrance Day Ceremony a few days to a week ahead of Remembrance Day itself but in 2017, it's a couple of days early.

    "For those who have never attended, this is a joint event that brings together Macdonald, John Abbott, and Macdonald High School staff and students, along with invited guests from the Ste-Anne's Veterans' Hospital and local dignitaries. Three processions start simultaneously and join together at the War Memorial. It is a time to honour those who have served their countries, so that we can be here today."

    The procession starts at 10:15 at the Memorial Arch, Raymond Building lobby. The Remembrance Day ceremony itself begins at 10:30 at the War Memorial in front of the Raymond Building.

    When: 10:15 a.m. on November 9, 2017
    Where: Memorial Arch and War Memorial, 21111 Lakeshore Road (map)
    INFO: view webpage

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    Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Montreal West Cenotaph

    Remembrance Day events in Montreal in 2017.
    ••• Above: military chaplain Wilfrid Huard of Quebec seen exercising his priestly duties on June 29, 1944, giving Catholic communion to members of Le Régiment de la Chaudière during a mass held by the front line at Normandy. Keystone / Stringer / Getty Images

    The town of Montreal West honors Remembrance Day every year with a march to the Montreal West Cenotaph on Remembrance Day itself or the weekend prior.  

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    The Town of Montreal West hosts a Remembrance Day Ceremony on November 11, 2017 starting at 10:30 a.m. with a procession starting at the corner of Curzon and Westminster then heading to the Cenotaph where a wreath-laying ceremony of remembrance is then held. Afterwards, veterans and their families are invited to the town hall for a light lunch. 

    When: 10:30 a.m. on November 11, 2017
    Where: Montreal West Cenotaph, 50 Westminster South, Montreal West, Quebec (map)
    INFO: view webpage

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    Remembrance Day at the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery

    Remembrance Day events in Montreal this 2017.
    ••• Above: Japanese soldiers Tommy Tokunago and Sammy Harada spotted on December 3, 1917. Both Tokunago and Harada served with the Canadian Army during World War I. Topical Press Agency / Stringer / Getty Images

    One of Montreal's largest Remembrance Day ceremonies is the one in Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery consistently held on Remembrance Day proper.

    Count on the 2017 edition to be held the morning of November 11, 2017.

    Major Remembrance Day Ceremony at Notre-Dame-des-Neiges' Military Cenotaph. Members of the Fusiliers Mont-Royal Regiment, consular representatives, veterans, and military officials are typically present. Ceremony in French.

    When: starts at 11 a.m. on November 11, 2017
    Where: Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery, 4601 chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges (map)
    INFO: view webpage

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    Remembrance Day in Hampstead

    Remembrance in Montreal this 2016.
    ••• Above from left to right: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt meeting in Quebec City in 1944. The allied leaders often met during World War II to coordinate their efforts. In this case, Churchill and Roosevelt met in Quebec after the successful invasion of Normandy in June 1944 in order to agree on how to proceed with the Nazis now that their bid for European domination was thwarted. Print Collector / Contributor / Getty Images

    The Town of Hampstead holds its annual Remembrance Day Commemoration Ceremony and parade with the Royal Montreal Regiment and local school children from the community on Remembrance Day itself.

    When: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on November 9, 2017
    Where: at the memorials at Hampstead Park, 30 Lyncroft Road
    INFO: view webpage

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    Remembrance Day Celebrations in Westmount

    Remembrance Day events in Montreal this November 11, 2017.
    ••• Above: a wounded Canadian soldier with two broken legs and a concussion spotted circa 1917 in Flanders during World War I. FPG / Staff / Hulton Archive / Getty Images

    The City of Westmount hosts a commemorative ceremony the day before Remembrance Day.

    When: 10:30 a.m, November 10, 2017
    Where: The Study School, 3233 The Boulevard
    INFO: view webpage

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    Remembering Remembrance Day in Montreal: 2017 Events

    Remembrance Day events in Montreal in 2017.
    ••• Above: a volunteer of the Canadian Women's Army Corps photographed on September 16, 1941. Fox Photos / Stringer / Getty Images

    Remembrance Day at the Outremont Cenotaph

    Usually, Outremont's annual Remembrance Day Commemoration at the local cenotaph is typically held on Remembrance Day itself and 2017 is no different.

    Every year, the Outremont District organizes a commemorative ceremony at the cenotaph in Outremont Park with veterans, representatives of the police force, local elected members, school choirs and fusiliers. Usually, "a large contingent of the Fusiliers Mont-Royal Regiment" is involved.

    When: 10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. on November 10, 2017
    Where: Cénotaphe du parc Outremont (Elmwood at McDougall) (map)
    INFO: view webpage

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    Remembering Remembrance Day in Montreal: 2017 Events

    Remembrance Day events in Montreal this November 11, 2017.
    ••• Above: Canadian D-Day veteran wiping tears on June 6, 2004 as he ostensibly relives D-Day on Juno Beach, the Normandy beach where he and fellow Canadian soldiers landed 60 years ago on June 6, 1944, a turning point in World War II that led to the liberation of Nazi-occupied Europe, the largest seaborne invasion in history. Sean Gallup / Getty Images

    Remembrance Day Commemorative Ceremony in Pointe-Claire

    "Activities will begin with a parade at 9:20 a.m. on Dieppe Avenue, east of Hornell Avenue. This year, the parade route will be modified slightly due to infrastructure work route on Saint-Louis Avenue and will proceed along Dieppe, Maywood, Douglas-Shand and Civic-Centre Avenues. The Remembrance Day ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the cenotaph, the monument erected in memory of fallen soldiers, located behind City Hall.

    Members of the Royal Canadian Legion, the 2806 Pointe-Claire Cadet Corps, the 690 Lakeshore Air Cadet Squadron, the 830 Pierrefonds Air Cadet Squadron, Scouts and Guides, and the Pointe-Claire Volunteer Rescue Unit will take part in the parade, which will include a brass band. To ensure safety, traffic will be interrupted in the area for the duration of the parade."

    When: 9:20 a.m. to 11 a.m. on November 12, 2017
    Where: behind City Hall, 451 St. Jean, Pointe-Claire (map)
    INFO: view webpage

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    Remembering Remembrance Day in Montreal: 2017 Events

    Remembrance day events in Montreal in 2017.
    ••• Above: Canadian soldiers advancing up a narrow street against fire from Nazi snipers circa 1943. Hulton Archive / Getty Images

    Remembrance Day at Place du Canada

    As major as the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery ceremony is the observance held qat Place du Canada's cenotaph near Peel and Ste. Catherine, one of Montreal's most important Remembrance Day ceremonies. At 11 a.m., Canadian Forces fire a 21-gun salute with cannons. The event unites veterans, dignitaries and special guests of honour. 

    When: 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on November 11, 2017
    Where: at Place du Canada, a park on the south side of René Lévesque Blvd., between Peel and de la Cathédrale streets (map).
    INFO: view webpage

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    Remembrance Day: Rare Photos of Canadian Forces

    Remembrance Day events in Montreal and rare war hotos of Canadian Forces.
    ••• Above: French women with baskets stand by the side of a dirt road circa 1917 selling oranges to Canadian troops on their return to camp, Western Front, France, World War I, 1914-1918. Hulton Archive / Stringer / Getty Images
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    Remembrance Day: Rare Photos of Canadian Forces

    Remembrance Day events in Montreal.
    ••• Above from left to right during World War II circa 1942: Corporal N. E. Shultis, LAC R. C. Bird, Flight Sergeant L. E. Cromwell, Flight Lieutenant Cliff Black, LAC F. H. Mason and LAC D. F., men of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Bomber Squadron Overseas, seen here marking the 1,000th sortie by Canadian-built Lancasters of the 419 'Moose' Squadron by scribbling a personal message on a bomb. FPG / Staff / Getty Images
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    Remembrance Day: Rare Photos of Canadian Forces

    Remembrance Day in Montreal. Rare photos of Canadian Forces.
    ••• Above: two Canadian cavalrymen and their horses seen preparing for training in December 1915 during World War I. Topical Press Agency / Stringer / Getty Images
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    Remembrance Day: Rare Photos of Canadian Forces

    Rare Remembrance Day photos of Canadian troops, soldiers, and forces.
    ••• Above: Canadian assault troops engaging in training exercises in preparation for battle in World War II in Britain circa 1942. Hulton Archive / Getty Images
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    Remembrance Day: Rare Photos of Canadian Forces

    Rare Remembrance Day photos of Canadian soldiers.
    ••• Above: Jewish Legionaries on camels circa 1915 by the pyramids of Giza near Cairo, Egypt, World War I, 1915-1918. The Jewish Legion was made up of British volunteers, members of the former Zion Mule Corps as well as a significant number of Russian, American and Canadian Jews. Jewish Chronicle / Heritage Images / Getty Images
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    Remembrance Day: Rare Photos of Canadian Forces

    Remembrance Day photos of Canadian troops.
    ••• Above: Canadian troops landing under fire on a beach during maneuvers circa 1940-1945. European FPG / Getty Images

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    Remembrance Day: Rare Photos of Canadian Forces

    Remembrance Day photos of Canadian troops.
    ••• Above: Canadian Lieutenant William leaving Buckingham Palace circa 1916 in a wheelchair after being decorated with the Military Cross. W.G. Phillips / Getty Images
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    Remembrance Day: Rare Photos of Canadian Forces

    Rare Remembrance Day photos.
    ••• Above: Brigadier Jean Allard, Commanding Officer of the Canadian Brigade breaking the news of a truce in the Korean war to Colonel K L Campbell, Commander of the 3rd battalion of the RCRS on August 2, 1953, days after the Armistice Agreement was signed on July 27, 1953, officially ending the war. Fox Photos / Stringer / Getty Images