A special outdoor Commemorative Service for three major dates in Canada’s history will be held in Belleville Sunday afternoon.
The Belleville Veterans’ Council has organized the event at the Belleville Cenotaph, Memorial Park, to mark the Battle of Vimy Ridge on April 9, 1917 in WWI, the Battle of the Atlantic 1939 to 1945 in WWII, and VE Day May 8, 1945, marking the end of WWII.
Belleville Veterans’ Council Sergeant at Arms, Larry Shoebridge, tells Quinte News, “Many Canadians don’t know about these events and a survey showed fewer than half of Canadians know about the Battle of Vimy Ridge.”
The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at the cenotaph on Veterans Way, Station Street.
Shoebridge says, “At Memorial Park, people can see Belleville’s own Vimy oak tree grown from an acorn brought to Canada from Vimy Ridge. It was planted last fall.”
He says there are plans to place a plaque near the tree to outline its significance.
You can catch the full interview with Larry Shoebridge on Newsmaker Sunday with host Mary Thomas, at the noon hour on 800 CJBQ.