Remembrance Day ceremonies taking place across Manitoulin

MANITOULIN—Many Island communities are returning to indoor services for Remembrance Day, but some are continuing to hold their observances outdoors or with a hybrid of both, while at least one traditional ceremony remains on pandemic hiatus.

Little Current Royal Canadian Legion Branch 177 will see a change in its observances this Friday, November 11. The presentation at Little Current Public School will take place at 9:30 am, earlier than in the past, and there will be no presentation at Manitoulin Centennial Manor. The ceremony will at the Legion in Little Current will be at 11 am as is usual, with a 1 pm wreathe laying and salute at the cenotaph downtown. The Sergeant Golden Silver Cross Memorial Rifle Team will be firing a salute at the downtown ceremony.

The Manitoulin Cenotaph service at Memorial Gardens in Providence Bay will commence at 11 am and a second service will be held at Central Manitoulin Public School at 12:20 pm followed by fellowship and a light lunch. All community members are welcome to attend both ceremonies.

Gore Bay Royal Canadian Legion Branch 514 will be holding the Remembrance Day service on November 11 at 11 am. The “March On” will begin at the Legion branch downtown and then continue on to Meredith Street to the cenotaph for the service. Gordon/Barrie Island will be combining their observances with those of Gore Bay.

Ramona Jaggard is holding a Remembrance Day service at the Tehkummah Seniors Hall on Friday, November 11 at 11 am with light refreshments available afterward.

Silver Water’s service takes place at the Community Hall at 4:30 pm on Friday, November 11 with a potluck supper to follow.

Remembrance Day Services return to the Kagawong Park Centre this year, hosted as usual by the Old Mill Heritage Centre and sponsored by the Kagawong Cenotaph Board. The Billings observances will include a presentation on the Cold War by curator Rick Nelson.

In Assiginack the public school observances will take place at 9:30 am at the school, followed by a service at the cenotaph on Arthur Street at 10:45 am. There will be an eat-in or takeout lunch at nearby Knox United Church from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Aundeck Omni Kaning will be unveiling a new cenotaph at 10 am on Friday, November 11 at the Four Directions Complex with observances to follow. As is their tradition, the Sergeant Golden Silver Cross Memorial Rifle Team will be firing a salute.

Wiikwemkoong will be holding its observances at the community cenotaph located in the graveyard beside Holy Cross Church at 11 am.

Whitefish River First Nation will hold its observances at the community cenotaph beside the community centre at 11 am.