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November 11, 2023

We gathered to remember

2023 Markdale Remembrance Day ceremony

Well over 100 people came out to show their respect at the Remembrance Day ceremony in Markdale.

BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF — Remembrance Day is a time to honour the brave soldiers, aircrew, and sailors who have served in the Canadian Armed Forces. Ceremonies were held all across the County this past Saturday to remember the sacrifices they made, many with their lives, in the name of freedom.

Originally called Armistice Day, November 11 marked the end of hostilities during the First World War and was an opportunity to recall all those who have served in the nation’s defence. Since its inception, Remembrance Day has gone through periods of intense observation and periodic decline.

"For more than 100 years, millions of Canadians have proudly served our country in uniform, defending peace and respect for human rights around the world," said Canadian Armed Forces Ombudsman Gregory A. Lick.

"This year marks 70 years since the Korean War Armistice was signed. From 1950 to 1953, more than 26,000 Canadians served on land, at sea and in the air in this war. Sadly, 516 of them died. Long seen as a forgotten war, the Korean War is an important chapter in our military history."

Remembrance Day is now a national holiday for federal and many provincial government workers. Crowds at Saturday ceremonies were the largest seen since pre-COVID.


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