The Royal Canadian Legion branch 124 will once again host a ceremony on Nov. 11 in honour of Remembrance Day, on behalf of veteran soldiers and the families of those whose lives were taken in war.
Services will be held in both Old Town and Queenston, with the annual marching procession heading to the clock tower cenotaph on Queen Street for 10:45 a.m., then a ceremony at the Queenston memorial cenotaph at 1 p.m.
Alongside services happening on Nov. 11, the legion will host a flag-raising outside the town’s municipal offices at 1593 Four Mile Creek Rd. this Friday at 9:30 a.m.
“It is the mission of the Royal Canadian Legion, and the duty of this branch to continue to recognize the fallen from this community and support those families, and the continuing support for all veterans,” read a statement from the branch 124 legion’s president, Al Howse.
These services first started in Niagara-on-the-Lake in 1923, led by the Independent Order of Daughters of the Empire. They were held on the Thanksgiving weekend.
In 1928, branch 124 – then called General Nelles Branch – became a charter member of the Canadian Legion of the British Empire Service League.
The returning veterans of the First World War assisted, then assumed responsibility for these services.
Two years later, in 1930, Nov. 11 was adopted as a Day of Remembrance, holding services at the clock tower cenotaph and the then-township cenotaph, a year before it was officially named Armistice Day.