Remembrance Day 2021

The City of Brampton and Royal Canadian Legion acknowledge and thank all veterans and individuals, particularly those with a connection to the City, for serving to protect our freedoms.​​

Ceremony Information​​​ - Parade and Service

We will honour our veterans and active service members at an outdoor service in front of City Hall, in Ken Whillans Square, at the Memorial Cenotaph. To reduce the risk of exposure or spread of COVID-19, this year’s ceremony will follow provincial health and safety protocols, including having fewer attendees. We encourage members of the public to join online via the livestream link below.

Thursday, November 11, 2021 | 10:30 am start​​​​​​


Poppy Campaign Launch and Flag Raising

Friday, October 29, 2021 ​

To mark the start of the Poppy campaign, t​here will be a flag raising at Brampton City Hall. Funds raised from the campaign will directly support Canada's serving and retired veterans and their families, while helping to ensure Canadians never forget the tremendous efforts of those who serve. The campaign will run from October 29 until November 11. For more information on the Poppy Campaign, contact the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 15 at 905.451.9569 or Branch 609 at 905.453.1488, or visit the Royal Canadian Legion's website here​.
This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the adoption of the "Poppy" as the symbol of Remembrance in Canada. Taken from the famous Canadian Poem “In Flanders Fields” written by LCol John MacRae in WWI, it has since become THE International symbol for Remembrance with every nation in the British Commonwealth utilizing it.​

Candle Light Service

Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 7:30 pm 
Gage Park, Veteran Statue ​

​​​​Transit Service​
Brampton Transit will provide regular service on Thursday, November 11. Veterans ride free on Brampton Transit on November 11. A Veteran can be identified by producing a Brampton Transit "Veteran Pass" or by any of the following items:
  • Uniform
  • Medals
  • Berets​
  • Blazer
  • Other means of identification
For route and schedule information, call 905.874.2999, or visit Brampton Transit's website here​. A reminder that masks are mandatory on all busses and terminals.

Veteran Videos

In 2017, the City worked with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 15 to create the following videos in recognition of local veterans from WWII, and up to and including those who served in NATO deployments and Afghanistan. The main Lest we Forget video is broadcast several times a day each year, from the last week in October to November 11th each year. In its first year, it produced over 64,000 views.​​​​​​​

Lest We Forget Video​

Related Videos

Veterans Banner Program

The City of Brampton expanded its “Brampton Remembers” program in recent years to include the Veterans Banner Program wherein the street lampposts of downtown Brampton are adorned with banners containing the pictures and names of Veterans of Brampton from WWI to the present day, with some still actively serving in Canada’s Military. The banners are installed in October and remain in place until November 11 each year. 10 new banners are added annually.

These are some examples of the banners that will be hanging high on Main Street North and South and Queen Street East and West in Downtown Brampton, as a tribute to Veterans who have a connection to Brampton.

History of Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day was first observed in 1919 throughout the British Commonwealth. It was originally called “Armistice Day” to commemorate the armistice agreement that ended the First World War on Monday, November 11, 1918, at 11:00 am – on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

Every year on November 11, Canadians pause during a moment of silence to honour and remember the men and women who have served, and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict and peace. We remember the more than 2,300,000 Canadians who have served throughout our nation’s history and the more than 118,000 who made the ultimate sacrifice.

100th Anniversary of Remembrance Day in Brampton

On November 11, 1920 the 1st Remembrance Day was held in Brampton. November 11, 2020 marked the 100th anniversary of the 1st service (then called Armistice Day). The services were held at the Brampton Armouries on Chapel Street with several, if not all, the churches also commemorating the date either on the 11th or the Sunday closest to the day. Then the Cenotaph was built and unveiled by the Governor General on July 4 1928. With the establishment of the Cenotaph on Memorial Square (which is adjacent to Ken Whillans Square in front of City Hall) a place was created where the entire community could assemble as a whole, to mark this important date and honour the Fallen. In subsequent years, the service of Bramptonians in WWII, Korea, Afghanistan, and the War of 1812 were added to the Cenotaph.​​

National Monument: Brampton Cenotaph in Memorial Square

National Monument: The Korean Wall of Remembrance

Other Brampton Monuments: The Veteran’s Statue

Other Brampton Monuments: The Lorne Scots Monument

Other Brampton Monuments: Great War Veterans Association Memorial

Other Brampton Monuments: Brampton Cemetery Memorials

Other Brampton Monuments: Chinguacousy Park Memorial

2020 Remembrance Day Service