It’s important to reflect each November 11th and remember those young men and women who gave their lives on behalf of their country. As time moves on, it’s important that our memories of what happened and our commitment to end conflict both remain with us into the future.

With the 100th anniversary of the Armistice Day, it’s important to remember the Yukon’s rich tradition of service and contribution to World War I (WWI). Diane Baumgartner, secretary-treasurer of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 1, in Dawson City, pointed out that Michael Gates’ book, From the Klondike to Berlin, shared details of the massive support from the Yukon at that time. His research showed that out of a total population of four to five thousand in the territory, almost 1,000 enlisted. And the territory donated a per capita rate of $12 per person, compared to $1 per person in the rest of the country. This support all came through Dawson City, the Yukon capital at the time.

“This is a special Remembrance Day for Branch 1, Dawson Legion,” Baumgartner said in an email. “We will remember them.”

She also shared that there are additional activities planned in Dawson, this year, to commemorate the anniversary, including Rangers and Youth Rangers presenting a flag to the gravesite of each WWI veteran buried in the town, as well as bells tolling 100 times across Canada, at sunset, which will be 4:30 p.m. in Dawson. (A full list can be found listed in the community inset.)

While many won’t attend the ceremonies, when the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month passes, on Sunday, please take a moment to reflect on the young men and women who, decades ago, gave their lives in a conflict that forever changed the world as we know it.

Lest we forget.


Community Remembrance Day Schedules
Dawson City

Robert Service School Gym

10:30 a.m. – Assemble

10:50 a.m. – Start of ceremony

11:00 a.m. – Two minutes of silence

10:50 a.m. – End of ceremony

Immediately Following – Wreaths to be placed at Cenotaph

Immediately Following – Reception at Dawson City Museum

4:30 p.m. – Bells

Faro

Recreation Centre

10:20 a.m. – Doors open

10:40 a.m. – Start of ceremony

11:00 a.m. – Two minutes of silence

11:15 – 1 p.m. – Community potluck lunch

Haines Junction

St. Elias Convention Centre

10:30 a.m – Start of ceremony

11:00 a.m. – Two minutes of silence

Mayo

Mayo Community Hall

10:30 a.m. – Start of ceremony

Teslin

Village of Teslin Office

10:30 a.m. – Start of ceremony

11:00 a.m. – Two minutes of silence

Teslin Recreation Centre

Immediately Following – Community potluck lunch

Watson Lake

Recreation Centre

10:30 a.m. – Doors open

10:45 a.m. – Start of ceremony

11:00 a.m. – Two minutes of silence


Poem

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

–Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae


Bells of Peace -– Dawson Events
  • Research at the Dawson Museum, the Yukon Genealogies & Military Records website, and locating the graves of WWI veterans buried in Dawson
  • Research at the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Heritage office for oral history and research files
  • Present the Canadian Flag at the grave of each WWI veteran
  • Focus on the concepts of Remembrance and learning through educational material provided by Veterans Affairs for Veterans Week, November 5–11
  • Participate in a Commemorative Expedition up the Dempster to Mount Boyle
  • Create annual Remembrance Day posters for judging and prizes
  • Tolling the Bells on November 11th at sunset, 100 times, in memory of Armistice Day, November 11th, 1918
  • Building a commemorative bench during the winter to place in the Cenotaph Park, in the spring of 2019, in memory of all WWI veterans

For more information, contact Diane at 867-993-2423.