LaSalle remembers

Remembrance Day Ceremony

Next Ceremony: November 11, 2023 at 11:00 am

The Town of LaSalle hosts a Remembrance Day Ceremony annually on Friday, November 11 at 11:00 am at LaSalle Cenotaph Park, 5950 Malden Road. The ceremony honours Veterans who have fallen as well as those who continue to serve Canada today.

In 2022, the Essex and Kent Scottish Regiment participated in a Veterans’ March. In addition to a moment of silence, there will be a wreath-laying ceremony. The Prime Ministers of Sandwich Secondary School and St. Thomas of Villanova High School will bring greetings. Many students take part in the service, and the Sandwich Secondary School Band performs. The ceremony will concludes at 11:45 AM.

For those who prefer to take part in the ceremony from home, the service will also be live streamed on the Town of LaSalle YouTube channel on November 11 at 11:00 am, and will remain on YouTube for viewing at any time.

Our Local Veterans

View Our Local Veterans

There is a page on the Town’s website that showcases a number of Veterans from LaSalle and their stories. Residents or families of Veterans of LaSalle, or the former Township of Sandwich West, are encouraged to submit their photos and information to be added to the webpage. Submit a photo and bio to be posted on the Town of LaSalle's website to share with our community. The memory of your sacrifice will not be forgotten. 

LaSalle Cenotaph Park

LaSalle Cenotaph Park

LaSalle Cenotaph Park was constructed in 2014. The original granite Cenotaph now sits atop a new platform with a larger memorial design. The unique design remembers Canada's military personnel, and is a great teaching tool looking at some of Canada's military history.

The map of the world behind the monument feels smooth for water and textured for land. Pins on the map mark the locations where Canada's Armed Forces have been at war or conflict and engaged in peacekeeping missions. Located beside the map is a legend that explains Canada's military presence over the years.  The steel plate at the top is in reference to the harshness of war. 

The most unique feature of the Cenotaph is the slotted top in the steel plate. The slotted top allows for a beam of light that traces the sun's movement across the face of the map that is located behind the monument. The positioning of the memorial is calibrated to the sun. A beam of light will be on central Europe at 11:00 a.m. every November 11, commemorating Remembrance Day in perpetuity.

Cenotaph Wall on November 11 at 11 am showing the light shinning through the hole

Residents or families of Veterans of LaSalle, or the former Township of Sandwich West, are encouraged to submit their names by email to Town Administration for inclusion on the LaSalle Cenotaph wall. Once a year, the Town will have the plaques at the Cenotaph updated to reflect our past and present local Veterans.