Every year we wear our poppies with pride and share in a moment of silence on November 11 to honour those who bravely fought for our country and our freedom. While Newmarket was only a small village of under 3,000 people during the First World War, our response to the war was mighty. More than 470 Newmarket residents enlisted during the war and more than 80 were killed in action.
This year, in recognition of the centenary of WWI, the Town of Newmarket has created a special Path of Remembrance. Please join us in travelling back 100 years in our history to better understand the enormity of the war and the impact it had on our community.
The Great War in Pictures and objects
Elman W. Campbell Museum (until November 30, 2017)
A detailed display of WWI uniforms, models, photos, correspondence, and more will be showcased.
The world remembers: a remembrance for the millions who lost their lives
Newmarket Public Library (until November 11)
Newmarket is participating in an International Act of Remembrance to recognize the brave heroes of WWI. The names of those killed in 1917 will be projected at the Newmarket Public Library and programmed to appear throughout other participating nations around the world.
Interactive trench exhibit and special Vimy Ridge subway tunnel
Old Town Hall (October 28 to November 18)
Travel through a replica trench and a Vimy Ridge subway tunnel. See WWI artifacts, real footage of Newmarket soldiers heading off to war and more.
The Town has also partnered with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 426 on the Honour our Veterans Banner Program. This ongoing legacy project will pay tribute to all Canadian and Allied veterans and active service members. Watch for these banners to be displayed along Water Street from the third week of October until November 12 each year.
Whether you choose to take the Path of Remembrance, visit the cenotaph on November 11 or reflect in your own personal way through stories and memories, I hope we all take the time to pay our respects to those whose actions changed the course of history. Lest we forget.
Please visit newmarket.ca for more details on the Path of Remembrance.