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'Obey the rules of the road' when attending Remembrance Day events, police say

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    Rachel Schoutsen
    Presenter, The Weather Network

    Monday, November 11, 2013, 8:03 AM -

    The 11th of November is an important day for Canadians and a time to remember and commemorate those who have sacrificed for our freedoms.

    Here at Travelers Network we want to remind drivers of some unique issues you may run into on the roads.

    On the eleventh day of the eleventh month, at the eleventh hour, two minutes of silence should be honoured. Throughout the country, processions will be taking place on Remembrance Day (usually on foot) and Chris Boddy from the Toronto Police Service reminds drivers to “obey the rules of the road and be aware of Police directing traffic, follow their directions.”

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    Also be mindful of street closures in your area, the larger events in Toronto will be taking place at Queen’s Park and Old City Hall.

    If you are driving at this time and would like to pull over, Boddy reminds us to do so in a manner and location that is safe. He also recommends to “plan your day according to the eleventh hour. Leave earlier or later, to avoid being on the roads at this time.”

    Local cenotaphs are a common spot to hold a ceremony, so these areas can be assumed busy.

    A couple of facts on Remembrance Day courtesy of Veterans Affairs Canada:

    • Remembrance Day commemorates Canadians who died in service to Canada from the South African War to current missions. It is held every November 11.
    • The first Remembrance Day was conducted in 1919 throughout the Commonwealth. Originally called Armistice Day, it commemorated the end of the First World War on Monday, November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m.: the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
    • From 1923 to 1931, Armistice Day was held on the Monday of the week in which November 11 fell. Thanksgiving was also celebrated on this day.
    • In 1931, MP Allan Neill introduced a bill to hold Armistice Day on a fixed day - November 11. During the bill's introduction, it was decided the word "Remembrance" would be used instead of "Armistice." The bill passed and Remembrance Day was first conducted on November 11, 1931. Thanksgiving Day was moved to October 12 that year.
    • The poppy is the symbol of Remembrance Day. Replica poppies are sold by the Royal Canadian Legion to raise money for Veterans.

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