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PHOTOS: Remembrance Day 2017 in Stittsville

(ABOVE: Wreaths at the cenotaph. Photo by Glen Gower.)

Johnny Leroux, a Korean War veteran, places a wreath at the cenotaph. The Remembrance Day ceremony is held in front of the hockey arena named after Leroux. Photo by G. Gower.
Johnny Leroux, a Korean War veteran, places a wreath at the cenotaph. The Remembrance Day ceremony is held in front of the hockey arena named after Leroux. Photo by G. Gower.
The Stittsville Legion colour party. Photo by Dan Pak.
The Stittsville Legion colour party. Photo by Dan Pak.
Remembrance Day Parade on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Dan Pak.
Remembrance Day Parade on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Dan Pak.
Remembrance Day Parade on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Dan Pak.
Photo by Dan Pak.
Remembrance Day Parade on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Dan Pak.
Photo by Dan Pak.
Remembrance Day Parade on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Dan Pak.
Photo by Dan Pak.
Remembrance Day Parade on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Dan Pak.
Photo by Dan Pak.
The Last Post. Photo by G. Gower.
The Last Post. Photo by G. Gower.

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A preview of Stittsville’s Remembrance Day parade and ceremony

(PHOTO: Remembrance Day parade in 2016. Photo by Barry Gray.)

The Stittsville Legion’s annual Remembrance Day parade and ceremony happens on Saturday, November 11, 2017.

Everyone is welcome to join the parade.  Participants can line up at the Stittsville Legion Branch 618 (1481 Stittsville Main Street) starting at 1:30pm. It will leave the Legion at 1:45pm and head to the Stittsville Cenotaph in front of Johnny Leroux Arena on Warner Colpitts Lane.

The ceremony begins at 2:00pm at the cenotaph.

After the ceremony, everyone is welcome back at the Legion for live music, food and drinks.

Stittsville Main Street will be closed between the Legion and Warner-Colpitts Lane from approximately 1:45pm-2:45pm on Saturday.

For a listing of more local Remembrance Day events around Ottawa, visit OttawaStart.com.


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Remembrance Day display pays tribute to veterans with PTSD

(PHOTO: A bagpiper plays in front of a backlt Remembrance Day display in front of Dennis Burton’s home on Flewellyn Road.)

Dennis Burton is a Navy veteran who served Canada for 21 years. For him, Remembrance Day is as much about fallen soldiers as it is about the veterans who came back, and continue to struggle with injuries and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) long after their career has ended.

“I want to remember the ones that actually stood up to the plate and did something.  Not that they were forced to, but they wanted to and volunteered to do better for their country, for their community,” he says. “It’s to remember them, and remember the ones who struggle with PTSD and don’t know how to deal with the situation.” Continue reading


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Annual Ride for Disabled Vets set for May 13

(Above: Photo by Barry Gray.)

The 4th Annual Ride for Disabled Vets event is a go for May 13, 2017.

In 2016, 300 riders and $11,000 for Wounded Warrior Canada (PTSD Recovery Program).  The group has raised over $30,000 from the last 3 years.

In 2017, organizers hope to attract 400 riders and raise $12,000 for Canadian Veteran Service Dog Unit (PTSD Recovery).

For more information contact Adwin Gallant, Ride For Disabled Vets Cofounder/Coordinator, via  www.ridefordisabledvets.ca

STITTSVILLE, ON. May 7. 2016 Over 300 bikes participated in the 150km Charity Ride for Disabled Veterans in support of Wounded Warriors. They began the ride at Brown’s Independant. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral) STITTSVILLE, ON. May 7. 2016 Over 300 bikes participated in the 150km Charity Ride for Disabled Veterans in support of Wounded Warriors. They began the ride at Brown’s Independant. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)


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WE REMEMBER: Here’s what’s planned for Stittsville’s Nov. 11 ceremony

(Above: Veteran Lonnie Burse at the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Stittsville Cenotaph. Photo by Barry Gray.)

Here’s what’s planned for the Remembrance Day ceremony in Stittsville on Friday, November 11.

  • The parade from the Stittsville Legion (1481 Main St) starts at 1:45 pm and travels to the Cenotaph located at the Johnny Leroux Arena.
  • Remembrance Day Service will commence at 2:00pm. The Sergeant at Arms and Parade Commander roles will be done this year by Mike Fenton.
  • Silver Cross Parents are Richard and Claire Leger.  Their son Sergeant Marc Leger died in Afghanistan in 2002.
  • Following the service the parade will return to the Stittsville Legion via Main St where everyone is welcome for refreshments and entertainment.

 


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BATTLE BUDDIES: How Stittsville fundraising is helping veterans with PTSD

(PHOTO: Shawna Church Roy with her second service dog, Loki.)

SHAWNA CHURCH ROY WAS WALKING BACK FROM SOME ERRANDS WHEN SHE SAW IT: flames shooting out the roof of her family’s house.

She dropped her bags and ran up to the driveway. That’s when her biggest fear was confirmed – her kids were still inside, screaming for help. The doors were locked and the windows too hot to touch. As the tower of smoke rose into the air and the screams became louder, Roy realized she was completely powerless to save them. Continue reading


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PHOTOS: Remembrance Day 2015 at the Stittsville cenotaph

A colour party and the Arnprior MacNab pipe band led veterans in a parade down Main Street for a Remembrance Day ceremony at the cenotaph in front of Johnny Leroux Arena.  All photos by Barry Gray.

STITTSVILLE, ON. November 11 2015. Colour Party followed by Arnprior Pipe band lead the vetrans from the Legion down Main Street to the Cenetoph. (Barry Gray / StittsvilleCentral)
Marching down Stittsville Main Street
STITTSVILLE, ON. November 11, 2015. Colour arrives at Cenoteph. (Barry Gray/ StittsvilleCentral)
Colour party arrives at Cenotaph, led by WO Mike Steffin.
STITTSVILLE, ON. November 11, 2015. Arnprior Pipe Band leads the vetrans into the Cenetoph. (Barry Gray/StittsvilleCentral)
The Arnprior MacNab Pipe Band leads the veterans to the cenotaph.
STITTSVILLE, ON. November 11, 2015. Vetrans arriving at the Cenetoph. (Barry Gray /StittsvilleCentral)
Parade commander Cpt (Ret’d) Bob Steadman leads veterans arriving at the ceremony.

STITTSVILLE, ON. November 11, 2015. Members of the Arnprior Pipe Band. (Barry Gray /StittsvilleCentral)

STITTSVILLE, ON. November 11, 2015. Colour Party and the Arnprior Pipe band arrive at the Cenetoph. (Barry Gray / StittsvilleCentral)
Colour party arrives at cenotaph, led by WO Mike Steffin.

STITTSVILLE, ON. November 11 2015. Wreaths placed at the Cenetoph. (Barry Gray / StittsvilleCentral)

STITTSVILLE, ON. November 11 2015. Stittsville vetran Ron Currie. (Barry Gray / StittsvilleCentral)
Stittsville Legion past president Major (Ret’d) Ron Currie. He was the master of ceremonies.

STITTSVILLE, ON. November 11 2015. Wreaths at the Cenetoph. (Barry Gray / StittsvilleCentral)

STITTSVILLE, ON. November 11 2015. Wreaths at the Cenetoph. (Barry Gray / StittsvilleCentral)

STITTSVILLE, ON. November 11 2015. Stittsville Legion member Johnny Leroux accompanies MP Pierre Polilievre as he lays a wreath at the Cenetoph. (Barry Gray / StittsvilleCentral)
Korean War veteran and longtime Stittsville Legion member Johnny Leroux escorts MP Pierre Poilievre as he lays a wreath.
STITTSVILLE, ON, November 11, 2015. .City Councillor Shad Qardi prepares to lay a wreath. (Barry Gray /StittsvilleCentral)
City Councillor Shad Qadri prepares a wreath as he’s escorted by Stittsville Legion member Lonnie Burse.
STITTSVILLE, ON, November 11, 2015. Sittsville cubs watch as wreaths are being laid at the Cenetoph. (Barry Gray /StittsvilleCentral)
Sittsville cubs watch as wreaths are being laid.
STITTSVILLE, ON, November 11, 2015. Stittsville Legion member salutes at the Cenetoph. (Barry Gray /StittsvilleCentral)
Veteran Lonnie Burse
STITTSVILLE, ON, November 11, 2015. Stittsville Legion member Johnny Leroux lays a wreath at the Cenetoph. (Barry Gray /StittsvilleCentral)
Stittsville Legion member Johnny Leroux lays a wreath at the cenetaph.
STITTSVILLE, ON. November 11, 2015. Stittsville’s Silver Cross parents Claire and Richard Leger, prepare to lay a wreath with their grand daughter Samantha MacDonald. (Barry Gray/ StittsvilleCentral)
Stittsville’s Silver Cross parents Claire and Richard Leger, prepare to lay a wreath with their granddaughter Samantha MacDonald.

STITTSVILLE, ON. November 11, 2015. Stittsville’s Silver Cross parents Claire and Richard Leger, prepare to lay a wreath with their grand daughter Samantha MacDonald. (Barry Gray/ StittsvilleCentral)

STITTSVILLE, ON. November 11, 2015. Vetrans placing wreaths at the Cenetoph. (Barry Gray/ StittsvilleCentral)
Jane Louks (left), president of the Richmond Legion.  Edna Monahan from the Richmond Legion Ladies Auxiliary (middle) and Judy Campbell (right) president of Stittsville Legion Ladies Auxiliary.
STITTSVILLE, ON. November 11, 2015. Residents watching during the ceremonies. (Barry Gray/ StittsvilleCentral)
Residents watch during the ceremonies.

STITTSVILLE, ON. November 11, 2015. Overall view of the Cenetoph during the ceremoneis. (Barry Gray/ StittsvilleCentral)

STITTSVILLE, ON. November 11, 2015. Air Cadet Patrick Philipson plays Last Post. (Barry Gray/ StittsvilleCentral)
706 Snowy Owls Royal Canadian Air Cadet Flight Sergeant Patrick Philipson plays the Last Post, with piper Jordan McConnell.  McConnell’s grandfather was a Korean War veteran.
STITTSVILLE, ON. November 11, 2015. Vetran Ron Currie during Last Post. (Barry Gray/ StittsvilleCentral)
Veteran Ron Currie during the Last Post.
STITTSVILLE, ON. November 11, 2015. Vetrans standing as Last Post is played. (Barry Gray/ StittsvilleCentral)
Ladies Auxiliary Zone Commander Pat Warford and Korean War Veteran Johnny Leroux stand as the Last Post is played.
STITTSVILLE, ON. November 11, 2015. Sacred Heart choir. (Barry Gray/ StittsvilleCentral)
The Sacred Heart school choir had over 100 singers at the ceremony. Teacher Theresa Clarke is on conducting on piano.
A veteran and his daughter take a moment to salute after the ceremonies have concluded.
A veteran and his daughter take a moment to salute after the ceremonies have concluded.

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City service changes in honour of Veterans’ Week and Remembrance Day

(Photo: Wreaths at the 2014 Remembrance Day ceremonial service at the Cenotaph on Warner-Colpitts Lane. Photo by Barry Gray.)

(Media advisory)

To mark this year’s Veterans’ Week, the City of Ottawa will offer special transit services to veterans from Thursday November 5 to Wednesday, November 11. The City will also commemorate Remembrance Day by flying flags at all City buildings at half-mast and by offering free downtown parking to veterans all day on November 11.

The City is proud to honour all the men and women who have served their country as members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Related: What’s open, what’s closed, and what’s planned in Ottawa for Remembrance Day Continue reading


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Retired military medic trains for fundraising bike tour from Vimy Ridge

(Above: Matt Muzzi on Juno Beach, June 2014.)

Stittsville resident Matt Muzzi is training to take part in his second Battlefield Bikeride, a fundraising bike tour to raise money and awareness for Canadian Armed Forces veterans who face challenges from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other injuries. Continue reading


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