Canadian Legion and its branches are the Guardians of Remembrance.
Although our main focus is on the annual Poppy Campaign
every October and November and the
ceremony on Nov. 11 at the National War Memorial, our
branch takes time to remember the fallen on other key dates
in Canadian military history. Our Remembrance Day, Battle of
The Atlantic Sunday, and Battle of Britain memorial services
all take place at 2 p.m. at the Westboro Cenotaph.
This memorial, erected by the Westboro War Memorial
Association, was dedicated on June 8, 1985 to honour the
fallen members of Westboro and surrounding areas. It’s
located near Byron Avenue between Golden and Broadview
On the National Day
of Remembrance, our branch also holds a ceremony at 11 a.m.
at the Carlingwood Mall and conducts a number of services
for shut-ins at local institutions.
The Battle of the Atlantic
More than 4,600 courageous service men and women in the
Canadian Merchant Navy, the Royal Canadian Navy, and the
Royal Canadian Air Force lost their lives at sea during
the Battle of the Atlantic. This battle lasted from
September 1939 to May 1945, making it Canada’s longest
military engagement of the Second World War.
The Battle of Britain
Sunday, September 15, 1940 – a day chosen to mark the
high point of this battle, is now celebrated as Battle
of Britain Day. During this engagement, the first major
campaign to be fought primarily by air forces, more than
100 Canadians served valiantly with the Royal
Air Force and Royal Canadian Air Force.
Every year, leading up and on Nov. 11, Canadians show
their gratitude to and respect for those who sacrificed
so much as they so bravely fought for their country. We
wear poppies produced
and distributed by the Royal Canadian Legion, and we
honour the fallen at a Remembrance Ceremony at the
National War Memorial in Ottawa. We also gather for
smaller but very moving ceremonies organized by Legion
branches in thousands of neighbourhoods.
Books of Remembrance
These seven books, with the names of Canadians who fought in
wars and died either during or after them, lie in the
Memorial Chamber in the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill. If
you want to obtain a copy of a page, you can
They shall grow not old, as we that
are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.