53rd annual Remembrance Day Service at Strachan Avenue Military Cemetery |
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The City of Toronto's Culture Division and the Toronto Chapter of the Imperial
Order, Daughters of the Empire (IODE) are proud to present the 53rd annual
Remembrance Day Service at the Strachan Avenue Military Cemetery, just west of
Historic Fort York on Friday, November 11 at 10:45 a.m.
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 from the time of the Crimean War (1853-1856).
The last known interment took place at the cemetery 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.
This year, the Toronto Fire Service will also be laying a wreath in memory of
Admission to Historic Fort York is FREE on Friday, November 11 until noon.
Historic Fort York is located at 100 Garrison Rd., off Fleet Street between
Strachan Avenue and Bathurst Street.
Historic Fort York