The public is invited to the 59th annual East Hamilton Memorial Decoration Day Service on Aug. 24.
The outdoor event will take place at 1 p.m. at Eastlawn Cemetery, 2280 Barton St. East.
Decoration Day is a Canadian tradition that began in Hamilton and the Niagara Peninsula as a way to mark the sacrifice of Canadian Militia members killed during the Battle of Ridgeway during the Fenian Raids. Families would gather and place floral tributes on veterans’ graves and on war memorials as a symbol of respect and of hope.
In 1931, the Government of Canada proclaimed Nov. 11 as the national Remembrance Day, but the tradition of Decoration Day - Canada's first day of remembrance - has been maintained in Hamilton thanks to the efforts of the Hamilton Veterans Committee and the local branches of the Royal Canadian Legion.