History Corner - Peace Arch erected in Yorkton in honour of returned soldiers

The guns of the First World War ceased firing at 11:00 a.m. on November 11, 1918. In memory of the fallen, Armistice Day was set on the Monday of the week in which Nov. 11th fell. Then, in 1921 the poppy became a symbol of remembrance in Canada, and in 1931 the Armistice Day Act was amended to set the 11th day of November as the day of remembrance. To honour its fallen servicemen, Yorkton has held annual ceremonies, the erection of the War Memorial or Cenotaph in 1930 and the 14 foot Memorial Cross of Sacrifice in the cemetery in 1949. Citizens also remembered the returned soldiers as seen in this photo of July 19, 1919. In an elaborate homage, a Peace Arch was erected at the corner of Third Avenue North and Broadway Street East. The peace parade shows the returned soldiers in the lead.
Source of photo: Howard Jackson Collection
This edition of History Corner originally ran in the Nov. 11, 2009 edition of Yorkton This Week.
Terri Lefebvre-Prince

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