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Hundreds Take Time to Honour and Remember Those Who Served Their Country

Hundreds Take Time to Honour and Remember Those Who Served Their Country

By Michelle Bailey (@michellebailey1)

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Veterans fill the RBC Convention Centre for Winnipeg’s largest Remembrance Day ceremony on Friday, November 11, 2016. (MICHELLE BAILEY / CHRISD.CA)
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Wreaths are laid during a Remembrance Day ceremony at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg on Friday. (MICHELLE BAILEY / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — Seven-year-old Katie Johnson couldn’t contain her enthusiasm as she marched on the spot, clapped her hands and then proudly saluted as her 16-year-old brother, a cadet, walked by her on Friday.

“I want to be a cadet just like him when I’m older,” she gushed.

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What’s Open and Closed on Remembrance Day in Winnipeg

What’s Open and Closed on Remembrance Day in Winnipeg

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Second World War veteran Jack McKelvie, 82, holds a white rose to place at the cenotaph during a Remembrance Day ceremony in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday November 11, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Here’s what’s open, closed or operating on a reduced schedule in Winnipeg as Canada pauses to remember our veterans on Friday, November 11. To find a service near you, visit veterans.gc.ca.

Shopping Centres
Kildonan Place — Open 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
St. Vital Centre — Open 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cadillac Fairview Polo Park — Open 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Manitoba Liquor Marts
All Manitoba Liquor Marts will open at 1 p.m. until regular closing hours on Remembrance Day. Exceptions include cityplace, which will be closed all day, and Brandon West End Express, which will close one hour early at 9 p.m.

The Forks
Tenants are open at 1 p.m. The Common is open from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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Victoria Cross on Display at Manitoba Museum

Victoria Cross on Display at Manitoba Museum

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The Victoria Cross of Corporal Frederick Coppins is now on display at the Manitoba Museum. (HANDOUT)

To commemorate Remembrance Day, the Victoria Cross of Corporal Frederick Coppins is on display at the Manitoba Museum.

The medal is on display from now until December 4, 2016 in the museum foyer.

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Thousands of Manitobans Pay Tribute on Remembrance Day

Thousands of Manitobans Pay Tribute on Remembrance Day

By Michelle Bailey

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A soldier salutes after laying his poppy on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Memorial following the Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang)
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Former Corporal Guy DeCelles with his service dog, Lou, attends the Remembrance Day service at the RBC Convention Centre on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. (MICHELLE BAILEY / CHRISD.CA)
WINNIPEG — Former Corporal Guy DeCelles stood steadfast with his service dog Lou by his side as he took in today’s Remembrance Day service at RBC Convention Centre.

DeCelles, who served with the Royal Canadian Airborne 1st Command, said November 11 is not the only day he thinks about his time serving his country. He said every day is a day when he thinks about what he lived through and the comrades he said goodbye to.

“I lost two very good friends during my time in Cypress between 1972 and 1977,” DeCelles said, as Lou happily accepted pats on the head from small children who walked by. “You relive the experience over and over again every day, and then we come together on November 11th with others who also experienced pride and pain to do what for us was our job.”

On the third floor of the RBC Convention Centre, no seat was to be had by 10:30 am. People of all ages gathered, nearly 6,000 of them, to pay their respects to those who have represented Canadians in numerous roles within Canada’s military.

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Remembrance Day 2015 Services in Winnipeg

Remembrance Day 2015 Services in Winnipeg

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A wreath marks the grave of a Canadian soldier at the National Field of Honour, Tuesday, November 10, 2015 in Montreal, in advance of Remembrance Day on Wednesday. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)

WINNIPEG — Large crowds are expected at Remembrance Day ceremonies across Winnipeg on Wednesday. Here’s where you can pay your respects.

RBC Convention Centre

The Joint Veterans’ Association of Manitoba is hosting Winnipeg’s largest Remembrance Day service. Doors will open to the public at 9:30 a.m. and those attending are asked to be seated by 10:15 a.m. The service begins at 10:45 a.m.

HMCS Chippawa

The service at 1 Navy Way begins at 10:30 a.m. and is open to the public.

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What’s Open and Closed on Remembrance Day

What’s Open and Closed on Remembrance Day

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Retired RCAF officer John Melborne poses at The Military Museums in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh)

Here’s what open, closed or operating on reduced hours in Winnipeg on Remembrance Day, November 11.

Shopping Centres
Kildonan Place — Open 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
St. Vital Centre — Open 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Polo Park — Open 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Liquor Marts
All Manitoba Liquor Marts will be open from 1 p.m. until regular closing hours on Remembrance Day, Wednesday November 11, with the exception of cityplace which will be closed all day, and Brandon West End Express which will close one hour early at 9 p.m.

Civic Offices
Closed on Wednesday, November 11

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Free Taxi Rides for Veterans on Remembrance Day

Free Taxi Rides for Veterans on Remembrance Day

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(Taxicab image via Shutterstock)

Winnipeg’s taxicabs will offer free rides to veterans to travel to Remembrance Day services on Wednesday.

Unicity Taxi and Duffy’s will waive the round-trip fare to any veteran. The trip will be from their homes to the Remembrance Day service venue of their choosing. The venue must be located within Winnipeg and additional stops will not be permitted under this offer.

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Experience and Remembrance: Jackman-Atkinson

Experience and Remembrance: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

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Wreaths of honour lay at the Remembrance Day ceremony at the RBC Convention Centre on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA FILE)

NEEPAWA, Man. — Every year, the Neepawa Banner publishes a special Remembrance Day feature. The space is supported by local advertisers and includes first-hand accounts of those who have experienced war, either at home or abroad.

In previous years, we have talked to veterans, not just of World War II, but also more recent conflicts. We have talked to those at home who worried about their loved ones at the front. We have talked to people who were children when Neepawa was a busy air force training base and those who grew up in Europe during the war.

This year marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and we’ve done some extra coverage throughout the year to mark the end of the war in the Europe and the war in the Pacific.

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Zoo Waiving Admission for Military Personnel, Veterans

Zoo Waiving Admission for Military Personnel, Veterans

Assiniboine Park Zoo
Assiniboine Park Zoo (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Canada’s military personnel and veterans will be able visit Assiniboine Park Zoo for free during Remembrance Week.

The zoo is waiving admission for military men and women from Sunday, November 8 to Saturday, November 14.

“Having served as an army reserve veterinarian, I’ve seen the sacrifice and dedication of the brave men and women firsthand,” said Dr. Brian Joseph, senior director, animal management and conservation for the Assiniboine Park Conservancy.

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