Toronto commemorates Remembrance Day at Old City Hall

A man places a wreath on a stand infront a large statue.
Toronto held a Remembrance Day ceremony that was open to the public for the first time since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy of the City of Toronto Twitter profile.
Daniel Centeno - CJRU - TorontoON | 11-11-2021
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The City of Toronto held a Remembrance Day ceremony at Old City Hall, honouring Canada's war veterans.

The ceremony was open to the public for the first time since 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Further, the 100th year of the poppy was commemorated. The wearing of the poppy in honour of war veterans was adopted by Canada and the British Commonwealth in 1921.

Toronto Mayor John Tory delivered a speech that acknowledged Canada’s military involvement, as well as personal stories of veterans from Toronto. Tory also acknowledged the thousands of Indigenous veterans who fought for Canada in the world wars.

After prohibiting crowds from partaking in the ceremony due the pandemic's lockdown last year, the city allowed the public to gather around Yonge and Bay St.

Crowds were asked to wear masks throughout the ceremony.

Along with Tory, Toronto Centre MP Marci Ien and MPP Suze Morrison were asked to place remembrance wreaths around the cenotaph, which was initially created in 1924 to honour those who died in the World Wars and the Korean War.

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