TTC to continue annual tradition of honouring veterans on Remembrance Day
At 11 a.m. tomorrow, the TTC will honour the fallen by bringing all of its vehicles to a standstill as part of its Remembrance Day commemoration.
All subway trains will be held at station platforms. Bus and streetcar operators will stop their vehicles at a regular service stop prior to 11 a.m. and remain there for the duration of the pause. Wheel-Trans vehicles will also be brought to a stop at a safe location.
“Every year on Remembrance Day we honour those who sacrificed their lives and all those who served so that we can enjoy the peace and freedom we have today. The TTC has always been a part of our city’s Remembrance Day commemorations. I want to thank the TTC for continuing this tradition this Remembrance Day and marking this important day with us and residents across the city. I encourage residents to participate in Remembrance Day and to take a moment to pause at 11 a.m. to honour those who paid the ultimate sacrifice,” said Mayor John Tory.
“The TTC is proud to continue our annual tradition of observing Remembrance Day, as we honour the courage and sacrifices of our veterans. We hope that people will use the two-minute pause to remember the men and women who fought to ensure freedom and peace for all,” said TTC Chair Jaye Robinson.
“Even though the pandemic continues to change the way we operate; we are happy to be able to once again support the Royal Canadian Legion’s annual poppy drive. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance in Canada. Veterans have been in stations offering poppies for sale in the lead up to Remembrance Day,” said TTC CEO Rick Leary. “I urge everyone to support this important cause, as we honour the people who made the ultimate sacrifice for peace.”
The TTC also acknowledges Indigenous Veterans Day recognizing the brave contributions, participation and sacrifices of First Nations, Métis and Inuit veterans observed on Nov 8.
Current and former members of Canada’s military can ride the TTC for free on Remembrance Day. War and peacekeeping veterans may be required to show their service medals/ribbons to receive free access to all TTC vehicles. One companion will also be allowed to ride the TTC free of charge.
TTC buses and streetcars are also carrying a sign reading ‘Lest We Forget,’ and a special message will run on all subway platform screens. Poppies are also available for purchase at Bathurst, Pape and Lawrence stations.
TTC service will otherwise operate on a normal Thursday schedule. Customers are encouraged to visit ttc.ca for the most up-to-date service information.