How to mark Remembrance Day in Waterloo region, Guelph

Remembrance Day commemorations in Waterloo region and Guelph include services at cenotaphs, a poster exhibit at the Cambridge Farmers' Market and a talk about the impact of war and colonization on women and girls.

Events include a poster exhibit at the Cambridge Farmers' Market and services at cenotaphs

Cadets stand on guard at the Kitchener Cenotaph during Remembrance Day ceremonies. (Andrea Bellemare/CBC News)

Remembrance Day is on Sunday and there are a number of events across the region to mark the day.

Along with regular services, there is a special event taking place at 5 p.m. called Bells of Peace, where bells will peal to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. 


  • Cambridge Farmers' Market. Learn about food shortages and the role of farmers during war time through a historical poster exhibit from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • New Apostolic Church Remembrance Concert. 160 Margaret Ave., Kitchener, at 4 p.m.
  • Double bill of plays: The Trojan Women and Lysistrata at Christ Lutheran Church, 445 Anndale Rd., Waterloo at 8 p.m.


Cambridge Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremonies

  • Preston Legion (Branch 126), 334 Westminster Dr. N. Form up at Preston Legion at 10:15 a.m., march to cenotaph at 10:30 a.m. with the service and wreath-laying to follow.
  • Galt Legion (Branch 121), 4 Veterans Way. Form up at Galt Legion at 9:30 a.m., march to cenotaph at 10:15 a.m. with the service and wreath-laying to follow.
  • Hespeler Legion (Branch 272), 26 Schofield St. Form up at Hespeler Legion at 10:15 a.m., march to cenotaph at 10:30 a.m. with the service and wreath-laying to follow.
Ceremonies will take place across Waterloo region on Sunday. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

Kitchener Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremony

  • Royal Canadian Legion (Fred Gies Branch 50). Kitchener Cenotaph, Corner of Duke & Fredrick Streets. Form-up at 10:15 a.m. on Ontario Street (between King and Duke Streets), start of service at 10:45 a.m.

Concert at Centre in the Square, Kitchener

  • Tickets are required. The event gets underway at 7 p.m. and will feature retired lieutenant-governor Roméo A. Dallaire, performances from the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Grand Philharmonic Choir, and the Ceremonial Band Of The Waterloo Regional Police Service, and a multimedia presentation. There will also be an exhibit at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, which opens at 5:30 p.m.

Waterloo Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremony

  • Royal Canadian Legion (Waterloo Branch 530). Waterloo Cenotaph, behind Waterloo City Hall at Regina and Williams Streets. Form-up at 10:00 a.m. on Bridgeport Rd. E. and Regina St. N. at the Temporary Parking Lot B, service starts at 10:30 a.m.

Women, Peace and Security: Dispatches from Time and Place

  • 2 p.m., Conrad Grebel University, 140 Westmount Rd. N., Waterloo. A public forum to remember the impact of war and colonization on women and girls. Hear from speakers on gender and race, war and life-writing, the lives of refugees, and peace and security.

Singing Peace with Inshallah

  • 3 p.m., Trillium Lutheran Church, 22 Willow St., Waterloo. Join the Inshallah choir for a fundraising event raising money for the community outreach ministry of St. Mark's Lutheran Church and Calvary Memorial United Church.
The bronze statue depicts a thoughtful Lt. Col. John McCrae writing his famous poem in a notebook. The statue is located outside the Guelph Civic Museum. (Melanie Ferrier/CBC)

Guelph Remembrance Day Ceremony and Parade

  • Sleeman Centre, doors open at 9 a.m., service begins at 10:10 a.m. Hosted by the Royal Canadian Legion Colonel John McCrae Memorial Branch 234 and Ladies Auxiliary. The ceremony is followed by a parade that leaves the Sleeman Centre, marches to the Cenotaph and back to Wyndham Street and St. George's Square.

Remembrance Day Service at Col. John McCrae House

  • 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., 108 Water St., Guelph. Events get underway at 6 a.m. at McCrae Memorial Garden with a sunrise piping, organized by the National Piping Centre of Scotland to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the armistice 1918, the Guelph Pipe Band will be performing The Battle's Over. The service begins at 9 a.m., then from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., there will be Centenary of the First World War – Reflections through Poetry and Spoken Word with Honey Novick.

Laying of wreaths at the Cross of Sacrifice at Guelph Central Station

  • 9:30 a.m. to 9:50 a.m., hosted by the International Order of Daughters of the Empire.

Woodlawn Memorial Park Remembrance Day Service

  • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at 762 Woolwich Street, Guelph.

Sunday, Nov. 18

Annual Volkstrauertag Service

  • Woodland Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. in the German War Graves Section. 

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