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Virtual Remembrance Day Ceremony in Burlington for 2020

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*Please see a media release below issued by the City of Burlington.

Burlington, Ont. — Oct. 20, 2020 — The 2020 Remembrance Day ceremony is going virtual and will be live-streamed at, beginning at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11. Please do not go to the Burlington Cenotaph.

Due to COVID-19 concerns and precautions, including limiting gathering sizes and physical distancing, the Royal Canadian Legion and veterans are asking residents to stay home and stream the ceremony online. Only those directly involved in delivering the ceremony will be at the Cenotaph.

Those at the Cenotaph will be following COVID-19 safety protocol including physical distancing.

The live stream, at, will start at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. The ceremony will also be available for viewing afterward.

“Since 1921, the Poppy has stood as a symbol of peace and remembrance. It is our visual pledge never to forget our fellow Canadians who have fallen in defense of our country’s values and ideals. Since gathering at our memorial during these troubled COVID days is no longer possible, let us pause at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 and remember those who have fallen.” — Bob Ankrett, City of Burlington Liaison and Museum Curator, Royal Canadian Legion — Branch 60 Burlington

The 35-minute ceremony will include a colour guard, two minutes of silence, music performed by some members of the Burlington Teen Tour Band and Flanders Fields.

The sunrise ceremony at the Naval Monument is also not open to the public and will not be live-streamed.

For more information about the virtual ceremony, please visit


Remembrance Day is but one day we can collectively remember, honour and pay tribute to our local veterans and their sacrifices. While we may not be able to gather this year as we normally would, I know we can come together in our hearts and commemorate those who have dedicated their lives to protecting us and our hard-fought freedoms every day. The world owes our veterans an immeasurable debt that we can never repay. But what we can do is show them we have not forgotten their sacrifices all these years later and continue to honour them – wearing a poppy is a simple way to do that.

On behalf of the City of Burlington and Council, we extend our thanks to all veterans past and present, and their families, for their courage and contributions to our freedoms and security, both in Canada and throughout the world. Lest we forget.

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*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist

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3 thoughts on “Virtual Remembrance Day Ceremony in Burlington for 2020”

  1. Incredibly sad. There’s been multiple groups/protests on Brant Street this year but we cannot gather for Remembrance Day. We are told that SARS-CoV-2 virus, in it’s first year, has resulted in the deaths of approximately 35–65% more Canadians than annual influenza (& pneumonia); not quadruple more, not even an order-of-magnitude more like a “pandemic”-level quantity. Regardless, for the sake of distancing, was gathering & parading in one of our massive public parks ever considered?? I think those who fought in the trenches last century would be ashamed of Canada today and especially this year… and they would revile at our current country flag they did not fight for.

    Influenza deaths,

    1. Hi Marcus, this is John Bkila, the Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist. We’re sorry you feel this way. Please note, as the Royal Canadian Legion – Burlington Branch 60 organizes and puts on the local Remembrance Day service in our city, it was their decision to make this year’s service virtual, in an effort to protect the health and safety of our veterans, their families and our community.

      1. Appreciate your response, John, as always. It pains me to see all the 24/7 new-coronavirus news & overreaction that has so negatively affected the mental health of our elderly citizens, especially the veterans. We should be having a gathering, somewhere in open fresh air, with distancing measures. For example, City View Park is a massive open space and the quantity of attendees could’ve been assured with pre-registration using the same system as registering for the countless city programs of swimming, skating, etc. Kind regards.

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