Remembrance Day Services

Each year on November 11th the City of Brantford honours the courage and sacrifice of those who served our country during times of war, military conflict, and peace. The City’s Remembrance Day services will take place at the Cenotaph at the corner of Brant Avenue & Dalhousie Street beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Order of proceedings

10:20 a.m. Inspection of Honour Guard at Harmony Square.

10:45 a.m. The Walking March leaves Harmony Square en route to the Cenotaph at the Brant County War Memorial.

11:00 a.m. Civic Service of Remembrance at the Brant County War Memorial, Brant Avenue and Dalhousie Street, Brantford.

Reserved seating will be available at the Cenotaph for veterans and their spouses. Accessible seating will also be available.

In the event of inclement weather, the Service will be held in the Armouries Building, located on Brant Avenue and Colborne Street, Brantford.

Road Closures

The following streets will be closed on Monday, November 11, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. for the Remembrance Day Service:

  • Brant Avenue between Church Street and Colborne Street
  • Dalhousie Street between Market Street and Brant Avenue
  • Market Street between Dalhousie Street and Darling Street (southbound lane)

Detour routes will be signed to accommodate vehicular traffic.

Please note there will be a Walking March on Dalhousie Street starting at 10:30 a.m. from Harmony Square to the Cenotaph between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on November 11th:

  • Free parking will be provided at downtown area municipal parking lots
  • Parking time restrictions at on-street parking spaces in the downtown area will be waived
  • Brantford Transit fares will be waived for riders wearing a poppy to and from the service.

Ceremony Speeches

D-Day

My name is Alexander William Szarka and I am named after my Great Uncle Alex who prepared for WW2 in that very building across the street. He was the last man killed on Dutch soil while liberating my Opa, William Nolden and Oma, Hayka Nolden in the small town of Delfzyhl Holland. Without his sacrifice I would not be standing before you right now.

I am here today to talk to you about D-Day. I must state that my Uncle Alex did not fight in the D-Day landings, but he makes me think of all of the people who did and whom also made the ultimate sacrifice for future generations.

D-Day AKA “Operation Overlord” was the beginning of the end of the Second World War. D-Day is the day the allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy to take back France from Nazi Germany. It was on June 6, 1944 that nearly 150,000 allied soldiers risked their lives storming what was referred to as the Atlantic wall on Juno Beach. On that day, 4,400 allied soldiers were killed as well as up to 9,000 German soldiers.

D-Day was the start of a larger campaign called the battle of Normandy, which eventually lead to 425,000 killed, injured or missing soldiers.

Today we are gathered here not to grieve them, but to remember them as the brave soldiers who jumped out the boats or planes to help free France and the rest of Europe and turn the tide of the war.

I have read an account from a solider that was part of the invasion; it must have been scary with the land and water mines, mortars, enemy soldiers and machine gun nests. You would have to be very brave to get through all of that. I will remember those soldiers as brave heroes, just as I will always remember my Great Uncle Alex, as a brave hero.

It is now our responsibility to cherish and protect that freedom that they risked and gave their lives for, to hold it sacred and make sure nothing like that ever has to happen again. I have come to this location every Remembrance Day of my life, up until two years ago with both my Opa and Oma, but my Opa has now passed. To remember him, Great Uncle Alex and all who served, I will continue this tradition. “ – Alex Szarka, Braemar House School

Juno Beach

“Imagine if you were risking your life fighting for our country. Many brave soldiers did this, some not that much older than you. It must have been every scary arriving in ships knowing that you are going to battle. This year is the 75th Anniversary of Juno Beach, D-Day happened on June 6th, 1944.

D-Day was originally scheduled for June 5th, but has to be moved to June 6th because of weather. The nicer weather allowed the ships to reach the right beaches, but there was not a lot of air support. There were 126 vessels and 10,500 sailors out of all of the allies.

Did you know that Juno Beach was not the real name of the beach? June Beach along with four other beaches that got invaded by the allies were given code names. This was to trick the Germans because they would listen tin on the allies conversations. In fact the whole Normandy Invasion was given the code name Operation Over Load. The invasion of the beaches has a code name as well called Operation Neptune. The allies were invading so that they would take back France and finally beat Germany and Hitler.

Some of the things that happened to the soldiers were devastating. Out of 24,000 Canadian troops and sailors, 715 were injured, 359 killed, but in the end the invasion was successful.

The things that they went through to save people’s lives and save our country were brutal. If it wasn’t for all of the soldiers that fought for our country and risked their lives, then Canada wouldn’t be the way it is today.” – Riley Wood, Greenbrier Public School.