Decoration Day this Sunday – My Espanola Now

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Veterans, their families and supporters of the Royal Canadian Legions will take part in the Decoration Day ceremonies this weekend.

Veteran spokesman Roy Eaton said Decorating Day is held annually and a ceremony will take place this Sunday, June 5e at 1 p.m. at Monument Corners in Spring Bay on Manitoulin Island.

The ceremony is led by Little Current Legion Branch #177, with members adding 129 miniature crosses representing the soldiers engraved on the monument, who fought in World War I, World War II and the Korean conflict.

He says the public is invited to attend the rally, which will include a short address and the laying of wreaths.

Decorating Day is a Canadian holiday that honors veterans of the Canadian military. The holiday was largely overshadowed by a similar Remembrance Day.

Decoration Day began on June 2, 1890. Originally, the celebration served as a form of protest for veterans of the Battle of Ridgeway who felt their contributions to protecting Canada during Fenian raids were being neglected by the government. . Veterans placed decorations at the Canadian Volunteer Monument near Queen’s Park in Toronto on the anniversary of the battle.

There were 30,000 attendees in 1891, the 25th anniversary of the Battle of Ridgeway, and as many as 50,000 watched the accompanying parade.

This became an annual event, taking place on the weekend closest to the original date and accumulating more participants as new conflicts brought in greater numbers of Canadian veterans. Attendees included veterans of the Fenian Raids, the North West Rebellion, the Second Boer War and World Wars I and II, the Korean conflict and, more recently, Afghan servicemen killed in the line of duty. functions.

The actions of Fenian veterans led to the creation by the British of service medals recognizing participants in Canadian conflicts before the First World War. Canada provided compensation to veterans of the rebellions, but not to the Fenian raids; Ontario has provided some recognition at the provincial level. A Ridgeway Monument was established in 1916 and made a National Historic Battlefield in 1921.

In 1931, the Armistice Remembrance Day Act established November 11e such as Remembrance Day and the official day commemorating military service in Canada.

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