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November 5, 2002
50th Annual Remembrance Day Service at the Strachan Avenue Military Cemetery
The City of Toronto Culture Division's Historic Fort York and
the Toronto Chapter of the Imperial Order, Daughters of the Empire (IODE) are
proud to present the 50th Annual Remembrance Day Service at the Strachan Avenue
Military Cemetery, just west of Historic Fort York on Monday, November 11, at
10:45 a.m. The service will feature military costumed staff from Historic Fort
York and standard bearers from the IODE. A processional parade, led by fife and
drum, will gather at Fort York's parking lot at 10:45 a.m. and make its way to
the cemetery a short distance away.

This unique and solemn service honours soldiers from the Toronto Garrison who
fell in the War of 1812, the Rebellion Crises, the Crimean War, the Northwest
Rebellion, the South African War, the two World Wars, the Korean War and recent

The Strachan Avenue Military Cemetery, adjacent to the grounds of Historic Fort
York, is the second major burial ground associated with the Toronto Garrison
and Fort York. Established in 1863 on Garrison Common between Fort York and The
New Fort (1841), the Strachan Avenue cemetery served as the final resting place
for soldiers and their families since the Crimean War (1853-56). The last known
interment took place there in 1911.

Early in the 20th century, the IODE was instrumental in restoring the neglected
military burial ground. In 1922, the City of Toronto unveiled a bronze tablet
at the site honouring the work of IODE and the soldiers interred there. A
Remembrance Day Service has been held annually at the Strachan Avenue Military
Cemetery since 1952.

Admission to Historic Fort York is free on November 11 until noon. Historic
Fort York is located at 100 Garrison Rd., off Fleet Street between Strachan
Avenue and Bathurst Street.

Learn more about the other Remembrance Day ceremonies hosted by the City of Toronto.

Media Contact
Kevin Hebib
Program Development Officer, Museum and Heritage Services



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