Re-imagined Remembrance Day Program for the City of Windsor
The City of Windsor has a proud tradition of gathering with local veterans throughout the year to pay respects to those who have fallen in military service, as well as the men and women who continue to serve today.
A live Remembrance Day ceremony honouring our veterans and their sacrifices is important, especially during the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. However, as with so many other commemorations during the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to safely gather together as we once did.
The City of Windsor has partnered with the Windsor Veterans Memorial Services Committee, local military representatives, Windsor Police Service and performing artists to re-imagine a Remembrance Day program that follows public health guidelines while providing a meaningful opportunity to remember our heroes.
Remembrance Day Service
On Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., representatives of the Windsor Veterans Memorial Services Committee (WVMSC), pre-registered wreath bearers and government officials will attend the cenotaph in Windsor for a small ceremony, observing all public health restrictions for in-person gatherings. Spectators are asked not to attend due to the limited space and requirement to physically distance. The service will be broadcast live on YourTV and via Facebook Live on the City of Windsor’s Facebook page, making the ceremony available for all residents to safely experience from their homes. YourTV will also rebroadcast the ceremony at 4pm and 9pm. Organizations and individuals wishing to lay a wreath this year must pre-register with Ms. Bonnie Burian, Secretary of the WVMSC by phone at 519-251-9779 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that you may be requested to lay your wreath personally on site after 1:00 p.m. on November 11.
We Remember Their Stories
Between Monday, October 26, and Monday, November 9, 2020, Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens is asking local veterans and their families to record videos reflecting on their service, their stories, their comrades and Remembrance Day. The videos will be shared across social media as they are submitted in the days leading up to November 11, 2020. The videos can be recorded by phone, in landscape/horizontal format, and submitted to the Mayor’s Office via email at email@example.com.
"Lest We Forget" Remembrance Day Virtual Concert
On Friday, November 6, 2020, at 7:00 p.m., the Windsor Classic Chorale (WCC) will broadcast their virtual concert “Lest We Forget” to honour the sacrifices made by our Canadian soldiers in war. The WCC has created a program consisting of “Armistice 1918” by Carnahan, “Requiem” by Hella Johnson, “In Remembrance” by Daley and “After the War” originally sung in the movie Passchendaele and arranged for choir by Mark Sirrett. Along with the choral music, there will be readings and images from around Windsor-Essex commemorating our fallen soldiers. This concert will be broadcast via the Windsor Classic Chorale YouTube channel.
Mayor Drew Dilkens:
This year, as our community continues to respond to this pandemic, we are unable to gather together as easily as we once did. But through the virtual Remembrance Day service, virtual concert and inclusion of video testimonials online, we can still pay our respects, pause to reflect, and say "thank you" to the brave women and men who fought to leave our world a bit better than they found it. We would not be here without them.
Paul Lauzon, President, Windsor Veterans Memorial Services Committee:
On November 11, as we should every day, we remember those who volunteered, sacrificed, served, fought and died for our freedom. We will never forget them. This year, due to the pandemic, we need to change how we honour these brave men and women. Although we cannot gather like we are accustomed to on this day, we can find different ways to pay our respects, whether it’s taking time for a moment of silence at 11:00 a.m. or visiting one of our many city monuments or veterans sections of your local cemetery. By us following health restrictions now, we can help to ensure that future Remembrance Day services can go back to ones that we have all loved to participate in.
Chief Pamela Mizuno, Windsor Police Service:
Remembrance Day is a time to reflect, to honour and to show our gratitude to all of the men and women who helped preserve and protect our way of life. This November 11, we hope that our community will take the time to recognize past sacrifices that helped build our great country. Whether virtually or in private at home, please remember.
Adam Iannetta, General Manager, Windsor Classic Chorale:
It has been a longstanding tradition of the Windsor Classic Chorale to present a concert every November to honour the sacrifices made by our Canadian soldiers in war. Although we are not able to have our audience hear us in person this year as a result of the pandemic, we still want to continue this tradition, which is why the WCC – in collaboration with the University of Windsor’s Music Department – is proud to announce the first virtual performance of its 2020-2021 season: "Lest We Forget." This transition to a virtual format, furthermore, allows us to continue to uphold the mission of the WCC: to honour the tradition of choral music by singing it well, contributing to its growth and promoting it in our community.
For more information and details, visit www.citywindsor.ca.