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News - All - 8 Nov 2019

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Veterans: 8 Nov 2019
Remembrance Day services in Waterloo Region

The Royal Highland Fusiliers Pipe Band marches across the Main Street bridge during Remembrance Day ceremonies at Queen's Square in Galt on Nov. 11, 2018. - Ian Stewart , Special to the Waterloo Region Record file photo

New Dundee will mark Remembrance Day on Saturday with a parade and service beginning at 10:30 a.m. at New Dundee Public School on Bridge Street.

In Elmira, a service will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at the cenotaph at 105 Arthur St.

Kitchener's Remembrance Day ceremony begins at 10:45 a.m. Monday at the cenotaph at the corner of Frederick and Duke streets. A parade to the cenotaph begins at 10:15 a.m. on Ontario Street between King and Duke streets.

In Kitchener, at 11 a.m. on Monday, at Veteran's Green Interpretative Area, corner of Spadina Road East and Glen Road in the St. Mary's Heritage Conservation District, a ceremony to commemorate all veterans will take place.

In Waterloo, a 10 a.m. parade on Monday, starting from Bridgeport Road and Regina Street, leads to the ceremony beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the cenotaph behind city hall on Regina Street.

Monday's ceremony in Galt begins with a parade from the legion branch on Veterans Way at 10:20 a.m. The ceremony takes place at the cenotaph in Queen's Square.

In Preston, a parade forms on Monday at the legion on Westminster Drive at 10:30 a.m. and marches to the cenotaph at 615 King St. E. for the ceremony.

In Hespeler, parade participants form up at 10:15 a.m. Monday in advance of a 10:30 a.m. ceremony at the cenotaph at Queen and Tannery streets.

Ceremonies in New Hamburg on Monday begin at 10:30 a.m. with a parade that starts on Hunter Street. A service takes place at 11 a.m. at the New Hamburg Arena on Jacob Street.

The Waterloo Region Museum in Kitchener, at Huron Road and Homer Watson Boulevard, is also presenting several Remembrance Day events on Monday, including an 11 a.m. service. The events are included with museum admission.

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Note; for Kitchener-Waterloo Residents the following Buses are available for transportation between the Veterans Clubs in the K_W Area.

Thanks to a donation from Elliot Coach Lines, the Kitchener-Waterloo Veterans Council can continue to offer free transportation to Remembrance Day events for veterans.

Sid Kenmir has been chairman of the Kitchener-Waterloo Veterans Council for 36 years, focusing on transportation for veterans during Remembrance Day.

He says this is the first time the organization was able to get buses for free, which the group paid for in the past.

"We've got it this year." says Kenmir, "We've got the no charge, big, full-sized buses that Grand River Transit has and we're deeply indebted."

On Remembrance Day, Kenmir says the buses will start running at 12:30 p.m. and will stop at the six different veteran hall's in Waterloo Region.

Kenmir says the buses provide an opportunity for veterans from different halls to reconnect without having to drive for long periods of time.

"I can sit there and drink with you, I can have a coffee or a beer, and talk to you because I haven't seen you since last year." says Kenmir.

Kenmir says offering transportation on this day helps not veterans, but their caregivers and families as well.

"They just have a great time that day." says Kenmir, " The buses keep going around in circles, from a veterans club to a veterans club."

"Then they quit at 5:30 p.m. and they go back to that home base, and by that point our guys are back home or where they started from."

Kenmir says using bus services is also meant to decrease drinking and driving incidents on Remembrance Day.

"Don't drive your car that day." says Kenmir, "Get someone to drive it to where the parade starts, and then go back to the veteran's club."

"If you want to drink that day, stay away from driving."

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