The annual November 11th Remembrance Day Celebration has played a major role in Canada since 1931. Every year, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, Canadians gather in memorial parks, churches, community halls, workplaces , schools and homes to stand in honour of all who have fallen. Pandemic restrictions last year meant smaller ceremonies in communities across the country. Smaller gatherings also meant broadcasting ceremonies to homes, businesses and schools virtually via live stream on Facebook.

This year the Almonte Legion Branch 240 will hold small ceremonies at the locations mentioned below on the dates shown. There will be no marching troops on parade this year nor will there be participation from the host of supporting organizations who normally attend. 

Covid health protocols are still in place, and out of respect for the health and well being of those wishing to attend, attendees are being asked to be double vaccinated, wear a mask and adhere to the three-meter social distancing protocol. Should anyone be experiencing any Covid symptoms, even if they are mild, they are being asked to stay at home and not attend.  

We Will Remember Them

Stay Safe

Rob Madore -President Almonte Legion

Pakenham CenotaphPAKENHAM

A wreath laying service will be held in Pakenham on Sunday November 7th at 1100Hrs. Due to Covid there will be no external service at the Pakenham school on November 11th.  The Pakenham School  will mark the occasion privately with their students. 


Almonte CenotaphALMONTE

Almonte Legion Remembrance Day November 11, 2021

Remembrance Day Services in Almonte will be at 1100Hrs on Thursday November 11th. Due to the restrictions in place for Covid-19, the Remembrance Day Ceremony is being scaled back with no marching parade and all public wreaths will be prepositioned. This event will be live streamed via the Almonte Legion facebook page. The public, while welcome to attend providing they are observing the Covid protocols, are encouraged to watch from home.  There will be no return to the Almonte Legion post parade. We thank you for your consideration and cooperation during these difficult times.


Remembrance service in Clayton will be held on Saturday November 6th at 1100Hrs. Again due to Covid restrictions there will be a short service at the Cenotaph in Clayton. We will not march from the Clayton Hall as in previous years. Public are welcome to attend providing they are observing Covid protocols. Wreaths from the public can be prepositioned before or laid after the service finishes. There will be no return to the Clayton Hall for tea and sandwiches post parade. 

100th Anniversary of the Poppy

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Poppy with the annual Poppy Campaign beginning on Friday, October 29th and running through until Remembrance Day. Inspired by John McCrae's "In Flanders Fields", Madame Anna Guerin, later christened "The Poppy Lady from France" , campaigned tirelessly in the early 1920s for her Poppy Day idea and in July of 1921 the Great War Veterans Association (which in 1925 would unify with other Veteran groups to form the Canadian Legion) adopted the Poppy as the flower of Remembrance. The Royal Canadian Legion and its members have upheld this tradition of Remembrance ever since as a way to raise donated funds for Veterans and their families in need.

The Royal Canadian Legion encourages all Canadians to wear a Poppy and observe a moment of silence on November 11th, to mark the sacrifices of the many who have fallen in the service of their country, and to acknowledge the courage of those who still serve.

Alternate Ways to Celebrate Remembrance Day

Consider these alternatives to attending a Remembrance Day event in person, particularly if you have health problems.

•  Watch a live stream Remembrance Day event on TV with your household;

• Write a message to a veteran you know;

• Donate to your local Legion;

• Find a time in the next couple of weeks to visit our cenotaphs when you can be alone. We have cenotaphs in Almonte, Pakenham and Clayton.

• Talk to your children about the sacrifices our veterans made for our freedom.

• Take a stroll on the Almonte Veterans Walk, read the plaques and take a moment of silent reflection.

• Check out the Canadian War Museum Virtual Exhibits