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Wreaths to be laid by community and military groups ahead of Civic Ceremony of Remembrance

November 4, 2013 -

On Remembrance Day, wreaths will be laid at the Cross of Sacrifice ahead of the civic ceremony by Community groups (starting at 9:30 a.m.) and veteran and military groups (starting at 10:15 a.m.).
 
"In this time of remembrance, we honour those who have given their lives in service for the protection of our freedoms, our democracy and the quality of life we enjoy today," says Mayor Mark Gerretsen. "Remembrance Day is an important opportunity for my generation, and those younger, for whom the wartime experience is not a lived experience, to learn about the sacrifice made for our freedoms and pay tribute." 
 
The service, held in French and English, is set to start at 10:45 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, at the Cross of Sacrifice at King and Barrie Streets (by Murney Tower) and will conclude at 11:20 a.m.  A sign language interpreter will interpret the ceremony and organizers will have assistive hearing devices available upon request.
 
Dignitaries will lay several wreaths during the ceremony. At the completion of the service the public is invited to place their poppies on the People's Wreath, which will be laid by this year's First Capital Distinguished Citizen Dr. Robert Gordon. R.M. Hutchings, Honourary Colonel of the Princess of Wales Own Regiment, will be the reviewing officer and will lay the Veterans' Wreath during the ceremony.
 
King Street will be closed from Barrie Street to Lower University Street from 8:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. to accommodate the day's activities.
 
Kingstonians can also check with their local veterans' organization or the Royal Canadian Legion for details on other services in the Kingston area. TVCOGECO will broadcast the ceremony at 2 p.m. on November 11 on channels 13 and 700.
 
For more details on the civic service, please see the Remembrance Day listing on November 11 of the City's event calendar at www.CityofKingston.ca/calendar.
 
Plan to get there by bus: www.CityofKingston.ca/tripplanner
 
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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.
 

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