History Of Service of Remembrance
Just over 100 years ago on November 10, 1918 a small group of Manor and Highland Park residents, veterans, and serving personnel got together and held the first service of Remembrance at the Church of the Epiphany on the corner of Holborn Ave and Briscoe Street. It is important to note that this first service took place one day before the armistice that ended the Great War. Epiphany has always been a leader in recognizing the contributions of our armed services. For the first few years a large wooden cross took the place of the cenotaph which now stands on church property. The original cenotaph was dedicated in 1925. This too is very important as it was the first cenotaph in the city predating the main cenotaph downtown by 9 years. Over 2500 people attended that first dedication ceremony. Every year since 1917 a service of Remembrance has been held here at the Church of the Epiphany. Recently the service has been moved to the last Saturday in October so as to not conflict with the main Remembrance Day service at the downtown cenotaph.
The Statue depicting a uniformed Canadian Foot soldier was dedicated on May 31, 1925 by the late Rev. Murton Shore, rector of the Church of the Epiphany (Anglican), in the presence of a gathering of over 3000 people. Over the years, the statue was attacked and desecrated by those who have no respect for bravery of their country. (Quote from Mirland Brodie talk Nov 1981). The Manor and Highland Park War Memorial Restoration committee was formed in the early 80’s and through their efforts a new statue was cast and mounted. The Cenotaph was rededicated Nov 02, 1985.
Last year on October 28th 2017, the Manor and Highland Park War Memorial committee, under the auspices of the Church of the Epiphany held the 100th service of remembrance. The service was attended by several hundred including: Our Mayor, our local councillor, our MP, our MPP, the Silver Cross Mother, the Royal Canadian Legion Zone commander, Veterans of WW 2, and Korea, and Afghanistan, Army, Navy and Airforce cadets, and many, many individual participants and observers. An actual count was not made but it is estimated 150 to 200 people attended or were participants in the service.