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Official Unveiling & Commemoration of Veterans' Memorial Banners

Friday, November 1, 2019

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Remembrance Day Veterans Banner

MARKHAM, ON - November 6, 2019 –  This Remembrance Day, for the first time, Veterans’ Memorial Banners will line Main Street Markham in honour of our heroes.

Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Members of the Markham District Veterans Association will officially unveil the banners on Friday, November 8, 2019. Each banner features a local veteran, including both former and active service members. 

"Markham has a proud history of those who answer the call of duty and selflessly serve. To the honoured veterans who are still with us, we say thank you. To those we have lost, we will remember them,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “Our main streets tell us who we are, and how the past has shaped us. Now, as a community, we can continue to show our deep admiration, respect and gratitude, while displaying our sense of pride.”

Forty banners tell the stories of Markham veterans, including 97 year-old Stan Hems, who landed on Juno Beach with the Third Canadian Infantry Division. He was a dispatch rider who ferried critical dispatches from the ever-moving front lines to and from field commanders to battalion, brigade and divisional headquarters. Jack Paley, 97 years old, was a member of the elite British Special Air Service, who parachuted behind enemy lines to conduct sabotage on logistical supply, communications, transportation, and command and control systems. Both Markham men were honoured with France’s highest military honour – the rank of “Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur.”

Each banner includes a veteran’s photograph, their Allied flag, their service position and era of service, and the banner sponsors.

This event will be live streamed on Facebook.

What:
OFFICIAL UNVEILING & COMMEMORATION OF VETERANS’ MEMORIAL BANNERS

When:
Friday, November 8, 2019
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Where:
St. Andrew’s United Church – Front Lawn
32 Main Street North, Markham


Remembrance Day Services in Markham

MARKHAM DISTRICT VETERANS ASSOCIATION SERVICE
Saturday, November 9, 2019

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Veterans Hall
7 Washington Street, Markham

Service followed by a parade to lay wreaths at the Markham Village Veterans Square and Cenotaph.


25TH ANNUAL MARKHAM REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONY
Monday, November 11, 2019

10:30 AM to 12:00 PM – Ceremony
12:00 PM to 12:30 PM – Community Flag-raising
Flato Markham Theatre
171 Town Centre Boulevard, Markham

Join Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Members of Council to commemorate Remembrance Day, the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. Reflect while listening to singer Jonathan Michael, a recitation of In Flanders Fields by grade 2 students, and find out the winners of the Markham Youth poetry contest. The Markham and Emergency Fire Services Honour Guard will raise the Poppy Flag immediately following the service.

This event will be live streamed.
Hosted by: City of Markham


UNIONVILLE SERVICE
Monday, November 11, 2019

10:30 AM to 11:40 AM
Crosby Memorial Arena Cenotaph
210 Main Street, Unionville

Hosted by: Unionville Business Improvement Area


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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office:
Lama Nicolas, Senior Communications Advisor at lnicolas@markham.ca or 416.671.2890.

For media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Jennifer Yap, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations at jyap@markham.ca or 437.229.2450.

Markham District Veterans Association:
Michele Chalmers, President/Director, Publicity, Markham District Veterans Association at michele.chalmers@gmail.com or 905.294.3159

Unionville Business Improvement Area:
Sara Sterling, Executive Director, Unionville BIA at sara@unionvilleinfo.com or 905.477.0117
 
About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,100 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.


Remembrance Day Veterans Banner

MARKHAM, ON - November 6, 2019 –  This Remembrance Day, for the first time, Veterans’ Memorial Banners will line Main Street Markham in honour of our heroes.

Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Members of the Markham District Veterans Association will officially unveil the banners on Friday, November 8, 2019. Each banner features a local veteran, including both former and active service members. 

"Markham has a proud history of those who answer the call of duty and selflessly serve. To the honoured veterans who are still with us, we say thank you. To those we have lost, we will remember them,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “Our main streets tell us who we are, and how the past has shaped us. Now, as a community, we can continue to show our deep admiration, respect and gratitude, while displaying our sense of pride.”

Forty banners tell the stories of Markham veterans, including 97 year-old Stan Hems, who landed on Juno Beach with the Third Canadian Infantry Division. He was a dispatch rider who ferried critical dispatches from the ever-moving front lines to and from field commanders to battalion, brigade and divisional headquarters. Jack Paley, 97 years old, was a member of the elite British Special Air Service, who parachuted behind enemy lines to conduct sabotage on logistical supply, communications, transportation, and command and control systems. Both Markham men were honoured with France’s highest military honour – the rank of “Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur.”

Each banner includes a veteran’s photograph, their Allied flag, their service position and era of service, and the banner sponsors.

This event will be live streamed on Facebook.

What:
OFFICIAL UNVEILING & COMMEMORATION OF VETERANS’ MEMORIAL BANNERS

When:
Friday, November 8, 2019
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Where:
St. Andrew’s United Church – Front Lawn
32 Main Street North, Markham


Remembrance Day Services in Markham

MARKHAM DISTRICT VETERANS ASSOCIATION SERVICE
Saturday, November 9, 2019

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Veterans Hall
7 Washington Street, Markham

Service followed by a parade to lay wreaths at the Markham Village Veterans Square and Cenotaph.


25TH ANNUAL MARKHAM REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONY
Monday, November 11, 2019

10:30 AM to 12:00 PM – Ceremony
12:00 PM to 12:30 PM – Community Flag-raising
Flato Markham Theatre
171 Town Centre Boulevard, Markham

Join Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Members of Council to commemorate Remembrance Day, the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. Reflect while listening to singer Jonathan Michael, a recitation of In Flanders Fields by grade 2 students, and find out the winners of the Markham Youth poetry contest. The Markham and Emergency Fire Services Honour Guard will raise the Poppy Flag immediately following the service.

This event will be live streamed.
Hosted by: City of Markham


UNIONVILLE SERVICE
Monday, November 11, 2019

10:30 AM to 11:40 AM
Crosby Memorial Arena Cenotaph
210 Main Street, Unionville

Hosted by: Unionville Business Improvement Area


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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office:
Lama Nicolas, Senior Communications Advisor at lnicolas@markham.ca or 416.671.2890.

For media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Jennifer Yap, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations at jyap@markham.ca or 437.229.2450.

Markham District Veterans Association:
Michele Chalmers, President/Director, Publicity, Markham District Veterans Association at michele.chalmers@gmail.com or 905.294.3159

Unionville Business Improvement Area:
Sara Sterling, Executive Director, Unionville BIA at sara@unionvilleinfo.com or 905.477.0117
 
About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,100 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.