REMEMBRANCE DAY - 2021
The Town of Devon’s Remembrance Day ceremony in 2021 was very similar to the ceremony
conducted outdoors at the Devon Legion Cenotaph in 2020. The Devon Legion Branch No. 247 held
a private ceremony outside the Legion on November 11th to honour and remember Canada’s veterans.
The service was held in lieu of the traditional indoor ceremony and parade held at the Devon
Community Centre. This year, the Devon Legion invited only a handful of dignitaries, Legion
members and local community veterans to attend. Motorists and pedestrians were advised that
the street in front of the Legion’s cenotaph, on Athabasca Avenue from Superior Street to Huron
Street would be closed for the ceremony. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the ceremony was not open
to the public, but residents were encouraged to watch the national televised ceremony. A perimeter
was installed around the ceremony site at the cenotaph, and it was asked that the public stay outside
the perimeter until the ceremony was finished. The outdoor Remembrance Day ceremony proceeded
following a standard format as set forth by The Royal Canadian Legion. Once the ceremony concluded
and the dignitaries and invited guests had disbanded, the public was welcome to lay their own poppies
or wreaths on the Legion cenotaph, while observing physical distancing and the usual health safety
measures. Residents could also simply take a moment on the morning of November 11th at
11 a.m. to observe the two minutes of silence.
“Wherever you are … stop and observe two minutes of silence in honour of the fallen.
That’s what’s really important.”