Decoration Day – June 2, 2019
Every year the Royal Canadian Legion holds a Decoration Day Parade remembering those who gave their lives for our freedom and a Ceremony at the Field of Honour for those who returned and have since passed away and were buried there.
The Day will begin with a Service at the
Field of Honour in the Transcona Cemetery
This is in honour of the Veterans who returned from the various conflicts and lived out their lives in Transcona and were buried here. During the ceremony family and friends will place crosses with poppies, supplied by the Transcona Legion, on each of the graves. Some of these Veterans do not have family members available, so we invite anyone who would wish to place a cross on a grave, to please attend. It would be beautiful to see every grave with a cross on it. The Field of Honour Memorial was erected in 1984 and there are over 284 Veterans interred there.
The pledge of the Royal Canadian Legion:
“WE WILL REMEMBER THEM”
The Day will Continue with a Parade
marching from the Transcona Legion to the Cenotaph in Memorial Park Circle.
Remembrance Day – Nov 11
Parade starts at 10am from the Branch down Regent to Leola,
South on Leola to Pandora to EastEnd Arena.
Everyone is welcome to March and attend the service.
We ask that everyone please be seated by 10:30m..
All activities will be held at the arena
but our Branch will be open
to members and guests
(Normal business hours)
HISTORY OF THE CENOTAPH
The cenotaph honours the 80 Transcona Men that lost their lives during the First World War, the 38 Transcona Men during the Second World War. Also, the men and women that lost their lives during the Korea Conflict and the Canadian Peace Keepers serving across the world in many countries. Originally the cenotaph, that we march to, was located in the middle of the intersection of Regent Avenue and Day Street (formerly Oxford Street) erected there in the summer of 1931 and dedicated on November 11, 1931, during the Remembrance Day ceremony. After many mishaps it was moved to a beautiful park in “Park Circle” in 1954. The Park was renamed as “Memorial Park Circle” and dedicated on September 25, 1998. In 2009 the Transcona Museum discovered names of men that were missed off the plaques located on the cenotaph and with the help of the City of Winnipeg and Veterens Affairs, the Transcona Legion replaced the bronze plaques adding their names. This is just one of the many cenotaphs in Winnipeg honouring the many men and women that fought for our freedom. It is up to us as the sons, daughters, grandchildren, nieces and nephews of these Veterans to remember them and what they believed and stood for when they went off to war.
The Legion float is a representation for all Legions.
Logo on the Side “Today’s Legion… A Place For You”.
The float is available for parades.