Every year on Nov. 11, Manitobans across all communities attend Remembrance Day services. This year marks 100 years since the end of the First World War, so attendees can expect some additions to the upcoming events.
Royal Canadian Legions across the country welcome and encourage everyone to attend a Remembrance Day service this weekend to honour those who fought for Canada.
Neil Zibinski, the second vice—president of Selkirk Branch 42, says that honouring Remembrance Day is important for all citizens today.
“If we recognize what’s happened before, we’re less likely to repeat the same mistakes one day,” Zebinski said. “People need to know what happened during those times so that it never happens again.”
The Remembrance Day service will begin at the Selkirk Recreation Complex at 10:30 a.m.
Shortly after the service, there will be a small wreath laying ceremony held at the Selkirk War Memorial Park.
All attendees are then welcome to visit the Selkirk Legion to enjoy some lunch and visit with fellow community members.
At sundown, the majority of churches in the community will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War with the ringing of the bells, also known as the Bells of Peace. Bells will be ringing 100 times at city halls, places of worship, military bases, Naval vessels and ceremonies across Canada.
The ringing of bells emulates the moment when church bells across Europe tolled as the four-year war came to an end in 1918.
“People today may have parents who were in the war of impacted by it in some way,” says Zebinski. “If we don’t remember and don’t honour those who fought for peace, what are we doing?”
To engage youth in the initiative, schools and youth organizations are encouraged to research, locate and place flags on the graves of Canadian Veterans of the Great War.
Henderson Highway Legion Branch No. 215 will also be hosting a Bells for Peace Armistice Service from 5 to 5:30 p.m. The service will take place at the Cenotaph.
Before the ringing of the bells, East St. Paul’s Remembrance Day event will begin in the downstairs Dieppe Hall and Canuck Hall at the Henderson Legion from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests are encouraged to arrive and be seated by 10:30 a.m. After the service is complete, guests will be invited to the upstairs clubrooms.
For more information on any upcoming events organized by The Royal Canadian Legion, visit www.legion.ca.