Hamilton Civic Events
Decoration Day Memorial Service
Date: Sunday June 14, 2015
Location: Woodlawn Cemetery
Section 5A - Lower Field of Honour
700 Spring Gardens Rd, Burlington
The Hamilton Veterans Committee invites you to attend the 96th annual Decoration Day Memorial Service.
Decoration Day is a Canadian tradition that began in Hamilton and the Niagara Peninsula. It was a way to mark the sacrifice of Canadian Militia members killed at the Battle of Ridgeway during the Fenian Raids of 1866. On the Sunday nearest July 2nd, families would gather and place flowers on veterans’ graves and on war memorials as a symbol of respect and of hope.
In 1931, the Government of Canada proclaimed November 11th as the national "Remembrance Day". However the tradition of Decoration Day - Canada's original day of remembrance - has been maintained in our city thanks to the efforts of the Hamilton Veterans Committee and local branches of the Royal Canadian Legion.
In memory of those Hamiltonians who paid the ultimate price, all veterans' graves in Woodland Cemetery will be decorated as a sign of respect for their sacrifice and the hope that it was not in vain.
Time: 11 am
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