You can soon expect to see a convoy of tanks and other military vehicles to roll through the city of Oshawa, disrupting traffic and stirring commotion in the streets. Accompanying them will be an increased police and army presence.

So, why the seemingly sudden increase in fire and manpower? To mark the annual Remembrance Day Ceremony at Memorial Park this November 10 at 11:00 AM.

Members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 43 and 637 will coordinate the ceremony as part of their rededication for a First World War memorial in St. Gregory's Catholic Cemetery on Simcoe Street North.

Oshawa residents are invited to attend to honour the conclusion of the 100th anniversary of the armistice. The armistice ended the shooting almost 100 years ago at 11:00 AM on November 11, 1918, which is why most Remembrance Day ceremonies are now held at that time. The war itself was ended later that day once all of the treaties were signed.

Bob Ross, military service book recognition co-ordinator for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 43, told Northumberland News he and his branch worked with Branch 637 to start a collection to honour the First World War veterans buried in the cemetery. The effort would go to restoring a grave marker to repurpose it as a monument.

Here's a video of a similar Remembrance Day ceremony in Oshawa five years ago:

The memorial will be a marble Celtic cross marker and display the Branch 43 name, as well as "In Memory of Veterans of the Great War 1914-1918." The original memorial had broken down over time and become vandalized, hence the decision to restore it by the 100th anniversary. 

This November 11th will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. 

Disclaimer: This article's cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.

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