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Cenotaph Use Requests

Erected originally in 1934 and restored in 2017, London's cenotaph is an exact replica of the cenotaph in Whitehall, London, UK - designed in 1919 by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

London Ontario's Remembrance Day Observance is held at the cenotaph. Organized and hosted by a private volunteer committee of the Royal Canadian Legion, this annual ceremony takes place on November 11 at 10:45 a.m., with two minutes of silence observed at 11:00 a.m.

Council Policy Governing Use of Cenotaph

(a)       The Cenotaph and an area immediately surrounding shall be reserved for observances to honour Canada's war dead and those of Canada's allies who served in any war or peace keeping operation throughout the world;

(b)       Groups who intend to gather at the Cenotaph as outlined above, shall notify the City Clerk, by letter, two weeks in advance of their intentions, and the City Clerk shall determine if approval shall be granted for the requested use, only when satisfied that the proposed assembly is for a purpose and with a decorum consistent with the symbolism represented by the Cenotaph;

(c)        The management staff person responsible for use of Victoria Park and the City Clerk shall advise one another of known plans for the use of Victoria Park in order to avoid conflict with Cenotaph events;

(d)       The process for acquiring permission to gather at the Cenotaph shall be posted on the City of London’s website.

(By-law No. CPOL.-112(a)-416, enacted July 24, 2018)




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