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City marks centenary of the First World War with special programming and events

September 18, 2018 -

Beginning Monday, Oct. 1, the City of Kingston will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of The First World War with special programming and events to pay tribute to the more than 1 million lives lost during the war effort.  Over 650,000 Canadian men and women served in uniform during the First World War and nearly one in ten Canadians who fought in the War did not return.

The World Remembers

UPDATE: From Oct. 16-19, this presentation will be unavailable in the amphitheatre. Residents are encouraged to go to Grant Hall at Queen's University. The World Remembers provides a unique opportunity to commemorate those who died during the First World War in the form of a multi-week video installation presented in the City Hall Amphitheatre between October 1 and November 11, 2018.  The World Remembers runs from 8:00 pm to 8:45 am each night and features the names of the 1,003,000 soldiers killed in 1918 from Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, South Africa, Ukraine, Slovenia, the United States, the Chinese Labour Corps and the former British Indian Army.  Individual names can also be searched online using the Search the Names feature. Learn more at www.theworldremembers.org

The World Remembers: Heritage Resource Centre Lecture Featuring R.H. Thomson

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 7-8 p.m., Memorial Hall, Kingston City Hall At this special Heritage Resource Series lecture, The World Remembers co-creator R.H. Thomson will provide insight into the origins of the project and how it has evolved, along with the challenges involved in researching the names that have been included.  He will also speak about his personal connections to the First World War that directly impacted his family. Registration is not required.

Civic Ceremony

Sunday, Nov. 11, 10:45 a.m., Cross of Sacrifice The City's Remembrance Day civic ceremony takes place at the Cross of Sacrifice Cenotaph on King Street at the foot of George Street on Sunday, Nov. 11.  Wreaths will be laid at the Cross of Sacrifice ahead of the ceremony by community groups, starting at 9:15 a.m. and by veteran and military groups starting at 10:15 a.m.

The bilingual civic service will take place from 10:45 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. Spectators should be in place by 10:40 a.m. to see the parade march on ahead of the service. An ASL Interpreter will be at the civic ceremony. There will be seating for veterans and people with disabilities.  The public is invited to watch the laying of the wreaths before the service.

To accommodate the day's activities:

  • King Street will be closed from Barrie to Lower University from 8:15 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Bagot Street will be closed from West to Barrie from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Ontario Street will be closed from West to Gore from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Learn more at CityofKingston.ca/FeatureEvents

All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce Of 1914

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 7:30 p.m., Grand Theatre, This memorable performance relives an astounding moment in history when Allied and German soldiers laid down their arms to celebrate Christmas together, sharing food and drink, playing soccer, singing carols and burying each other's dead. In some places along the Western Front the truce lasted a single night and in others it endured until New Year's Day.  This dramatic re-telling weaves together firsthand accounts by thirty World War One soldiers and music including patriotic tunes, trench songs and Christmas carols.  Learn more and buy tickets at www.kingstongrand.ca/events/cantus-and-theatre-latte-da-present-all-is-calm

Kingston and the First World War

The First World War significantly impacted Kingston as it served as one of many training sites across the country.  Within days of the start of the War, 399 Kingston residents had volunteered for service and, by the end of the War, 922 residents of Kingston and Frontenac County had died.  Today, many tangible reminders of Kingston's involvement in the War can be found throughout the city where the community can gather to remember those who served and died in the First World War as well as other past wars and military conflicts. Learn more at www.cityofkingston.ca/explore/culture-history/history/memorial-wall

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