By Michelle Bailey (@MichelleBailey1)
WINNIPEG — Nine-years ago today, November 11, Wendy Hayward’s son, James Hayward Arnal, was killed serving Canada in Afghanistan.
He was only 25.
Winnipeg Transit will waive the fare for veterans, active members of the Canadian Armed Forces, and their families on Remembrance Day.
Those who wish to get a free ride can display either their military identification or a CF1 card to the bus operator, or wear a military uniform.
Remembrance Day falls on a Saturday this year, meaning there are some changes on alternating days to business hours and services.
Here is a list of what’s open, closed or operating on a reduced schedule in Winnipeg this weekend.
By Michelle Bailey (@michellebailey1)
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.
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.
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.
Tenants are open at 1 p.m. The Common is open from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Winnipeg’s two main taxi companies, Duffy’s and Unicity, will offer free rides to Remembrance Day services for veterans on Friday.
“As many veterans have aged, their transportation arrangements have become difficult,” said Michael Diamond, spokesperson for the Winnipeg Taxi Alliance.
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.
By Michelle Bailey
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.
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.
The service at 1 Navy Way begins at 10:30 a.m. and is open to the public.