Nova Scotians will pause at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month to pay tribute to our veterans.
There will be several Remembrance Day ceremonies taking place throughout the Halifax-area, and many events leading up to Monday.
If you're planning on heading to one of them, it's a good idea to give yourself plenty of time to find a parking spot. Drivers should expect more pedestrians than usual out and about as they head to ceremonies.
Halifax Transit will be running on a holiday schedule, and will be free for all veterans and military personnel, along with their accompanying family members can ride for free as long as they are in uniform or display their military identification upon boarding.
Halifax Regional Municipality says there will be a number of rolling street closures and traffic delays as Remembrance Day processions make their way to local ceremonies honouring veterans and those still serving with the Canadian Armed Forces.
Parades will be marching to the following locations on Monday morning:
- Cenotaph at Royal Artillery Park off Queen Street, Halifax, parade starts at the Armouries on North Park Street at 10:15 a.m.
- Province House on Hollis Street, Halifax, parade starts at Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on Lower Water Street at 10:10 a.m.
- Cenotaph at Grand Parade, Halifax, parade starts two blocks south of Grand Parade on Barrington Street at 10:30 a.m.
- Cenotaph at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall Branch #152, Sussex Street, Spryfield, parade starts at Shoppers Drug Mart parking lot (315 Herring Cove Rd.) at 10:45 a.m.
- Cenotaph at Sullivan’s Pond, Dartmouth, parade starts at Royal Canadian Legion, Somme Branch #31 on King Street at 10:30 a.m.
- Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #164, 1341 Main Road, Eastern Shore, parade starts at Catholic Church lot at 1570 Shore Rd. at 10:30 a.m.
- Cenotaph at Cole Harbour Place, Cole Harbour, parade starts at Cole Harbour District High parking lot at 10:30 a.m.
- Royal Canadian Legion, Dieppe Branch #90, 2234 Rocky Lake Dr., Waverley, parade starts at 2156 Rocky Lake Dr. at 10:45 a.m.
- Cenotaph at Sackville Heritage Park, Memory Lane, Sackville, parade starts at Cobequid Road Transit Terminal at 10:45 a.m.
There may also be processions not included here for events being held in other areas of the municipality. Some of those other ceremonies include:
- Halifax Citadel National Historic Site will host commemorations that will include a 21-gun salute by the 1st Field Artillery Regiment. The Halifax Citadel and Army Museum will be open to visitors free of charge from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Korean War Veterans Memorial Garden on Stratford Way, near Lacewood Dr. in Clayton Park, followed by a reception at the JA Snow Funeral Home at 339 Lacewood Dr.
Bedford Remembrance Day Ceremony at Fish Hatchery Park.
There will be a ceremony at the cenotaph next to the Beaver Bank Kinsac Community Centre.
- Hammonds Plains – Lucasville Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Cenotaph in Uplands Park, 2 Crestfield Drive in Hammonds Plains.
Once ceremonies conclude, groups will be marching back, so traffic delays could be a factor as last as 1:30 p.m. in some areas.
Events in the Halifax-area leading up to and on Remembrance Day include:
- No Stone Left Alone will hold its 9th annual Remembrance event on Friday, November 8 from 10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at the Fort Massey Cemetery on Queen Street. This year 220 students will be laying poppies on 1,200 headstones at the cemetery.
- St. Agnes Roman Catholic Parish Church on Mumford Road will be hosting its annual Remembrance Ceremony for Second World War veterans on Friday, November 8 from 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. The ceremony begins with a procession of military, first responders and dignitaries, and will be followed by a reception for everyone in the church hall.
- On Saturday, November 9 from 10:30 a.m. to noon, the Halifax Central Library will be hosting an introductory workshop teaching participants how to access Canadian Expeditionary Force service files online. Registration is required and can be done by calling Library and Archives Canada at (902) 426-4031 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The 18th annual "Til We Meet Again Concert" goes Saturday at the Halifax Central Library's Paul O'Regan Hall from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The concert will feature The Stadacona Band of the Royal Canadian Navy, playing a wide array of music including pieces commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Italian Campaign, the 50th anniversary of the HMCS Kootenay explosion, music from the big band era, and much more. The show is free and the venue is wheelchair accessible.
- The Army Navy Air Force Vets In Canada at 137 Main St. in Dartmouth will be holding an open door Levee following Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11.
- The Naval Museum of Halifax at Admiralty House will be open to the general public for special hours from noon until 4 p.m. on Remembrance Day. Enter through the gate at Gottingen and Almon with photo ID.
- The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 will welcome Canadian Armed Forces Veteran Bruce Matheson to examine the events of the historic Battle of Passchendaele. Register online here.