Each year, an annual service, organized by Niagara Falls Royal Canadian Legion Branch 479 and Niagara Falls Cemetery Services, is held at Fairview Cemetery at the beginning of Royal Canadian Legion Week. The service, known as the “Parade of the Unknown Soldier”, recognizes Niagara’s own Unknown Solider, as well as unknown soldiers around the world who’ve paid the ultimate price for our freedom.
The service, which is open to the community, will be held on September 14, 2019 at 10:30 am, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, located centrally in Fairview Cemetery on Stanley Avenue. Veterans, members of local Legions and Cadet Corps will march from the Morrison Street entrance and gather at the Tomb at 10:30 am for the commencement of the service.
This year, the service will also include the unveiling and blessing of a restored Cenotaph which has been associated with Royal Canadian Legion Branch 51, since 1950. The stone and granite Cenotaph was originally erected at the Victoria Avenue branch location and was constructed to replace the wooden Cross of Memory which was installed in 1918 to recognize and honour those from Niagara Falls who served in the First World War.
Branch 51, and the cenotaph, relocated to Valley Way in 1972, and later moved again to Fraser Avenue in 2008. Unfortunately, earlier this year, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 51 closed its doors permanently. In an effort to preserve our local history, and honour the men and women who’ve served; the Cenotaph has been moved to its final home, in the newest Field of Honour at Fairview Cemetery; an area which is also adjacent to the Tomb of the Unknown Solider. Niagara Falls Cemetery Services, working with monument restoration specialists, Anderson Cemetery Contractors, moved and restored the stone and granite cenotaph on September 9th 2019. In addition, the monument restoration specialists have incorporated bronze plaques which were originally added to the cenotaph when Branch 51 was located on Valley Way, however they had been in storage from 1972 to 2008.
For more information, contact:
Mark Richardson, Manager of Cemeteries Services
City of Niagara Falls
Phone: 905-356-7521 ext 5301