Niagara Falls’ Remembrance Day Service will be in person and online this year

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Published November 1, 2021 at 2:04 pm

The City of Niagara Falls is opening up this year’s Remembrance Day service so that citizens can attend in person or if they wish, stay inside and view it online.

This year, the service will again be held outdoors at the Cenotaph beside the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Fairview Cemetery, located at 4501 Stanley Avenue on Thursday, November 11 at 10:45 am.

The city said, “Due to expanded COVID-safety allowances by the Province of Ontario, there are no restrictions on number of attendees this year, so all are welcome.  However, if physical distancing cannot be maintained, attendees are asked to wear face coverings when standing closer than two metres apart.”

This annual observance will be live-streamed, so residents who are unable to attend the service can follow along from their computer or mobile device.  The live stream will also start on November 11 at 10:45 am and can be watched at:
niagarafalls.ca/remembranceday2021

As well, this year the city announced that an upgrade has been made to Niagara Veterans Memorial Highway signs, which are now installed in the area of Highway 420 and Stanley Avenue.

“These new signs help to honour our veterans and share gratitude and respect for their sacrifice with all visitors coming in to Niagara Falls as they travel this special section of highway,” the city said.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Fairview Cemetery is a relatively recent addition. In 2017, the City of Niagara Falls got together with a number of local Legions and worked toward the design and construction of a new memorial for Niagara’s Unknown Soldier.

The original Unknown Soldier marked was laid in the Field of Honour at Fairview Cemetery and his grave was simply identified with a flat marker.

After considerable discussion, the group decided to build the present above-ground tomb.  On September 16,  2017, a very special ceremony properly recognized the city’s Unknown Soldier through a formal Military Funeral and the entombment of the Unknown Soldier.

The original marker can be seen below, the new tomb above.

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