Residents of the greater Saint John community are invited to take part in a unique experience to honour our veterans, military, and first responders in a COVID-19-safe way on Remembrance Day, Wednesday, Nov 11th. Cenotaph Services are scaled-down this year due to the pandemic. Attendance is limited to keep everyone safe and avoid large crowds. The Saint John Remembrance Day Committee has had to cancel its popular Service of Remembrance held at TD Station (formerly known as Harbour Station), which always attracted thousands to remember, in silence, those who made the ultimate sacrifice. “The Committee wanted to come up with an idea that would be COVID-safe, yet allow the general public to be actively involved in saluting our veterans, our military, and our first responders,” says Committee Chair, Bernard Cormier. “So we developed a new event called the “Remembrance Day Roll-Pass.”

The “Remembrance Day Roll-Pass” will take place on Wednesday, November 11th, 2020. “We are asking residents of the greater Saint John area to assemble in their vehicles and form-up at the Superstore and Staples parking lot beginning at 12:15 pm, using the Thorne Avenue entrance. Please do not use the Rothesay Avenue entrances.

At 1:00 pm the procession of vehicles will move off, escorted by the Saint John Police Force, proceed along Rothesay Avenue, to City Road, to Station Street and pass by the front entrance of TD Station where veterans, representatives of local military units, and first responders will be positioned to receive the appreciation of the community.

“Even with pandemic restrictions, we will never forget The Fallen and those who continue to serve in uniform today,” says Cormier. “Veterans, military personnel, and first responders will be formed-up on the front steps of TD Station. Motorists with their passengers, will have the opportunity to greet them by turning on their vehicle emergency flashing lights and honk their horns as they pass by TD Station. Passengers are encouraged to wave the Canadian Flag, shout out their thank you's, and offer them the recognition they deserve,” says Cormier. “Our veterans, active military personnel, and first responders ask for so little, so with this Roll-Pass, we wish to let them know that, not only on Remembrance Day, but everyday, we thank them for their service and sacrifices,” adds Cormier.

Motorists not participating in this procession are asked to avoid the west bound lane of the portion of Route 100 from Rothesay Avenue (between Russell Street and Seaton Street), City Road (between Seaton Street and Station Street), and Station Street through to Smythe Street. The entire route of the procession is four lanes and will not affect east bound traffic.



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Why Remember? We must remember. If we do not, the sacrifice of those one hundred thousand Canadian lives will be meaningless. They died for us, for their homes and families and friends, for a collection of traditions they cherished and a future they believed in; they died for Canada. The meaning of their sacrifice rests with our collective national consciousness; our future is their monument.