Media Advisory - Capital Funeral Home & Cemetery invites Ottawa residents to honour Veterans at annual Memorial Day ceremony for Remembrance Day

Service to include unveiling of World War II artillery piece

OTTAWA, Nov. 5, 2015 /CNW/ - On Sunday, November 8, Capital Funeral Home & Cemetery will unveil the new centerpiece of its cenotaph monument, as part of its annual Remembrance Day ceremony to honour Canada's veterans.

Capital Funeral Home & Cemetery has purchased a non-functional M1942 (ZiS-3) Artillery Gun from the Swords and Ploughshares Museum. Manufactured in Russia during World War II, the piece was captured by Canadian peacekeeping forces in Bosnia in 1993.

As this year marks the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) and Victory in Japan Day (VJ Day), the piece will be dedicated to the Canadian military in recognition of their service to the country.

The Swords and Ploughshares Museum will participate in the Remembrance Day ceremonies by bringing a minute gun that will mark the beginning and end of two minutes of silence at the event. The minute gun on loan for the event is a 1942 six-pound anti-tank gun manufactured in Regina during World War II, which is painted to represent a gun from the 51st Battery, 1st Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery during the battle for the Po River valley that took place in Italy in December 1943. The minute gun is dedicated to the memory of Sergeant Eddie Menzies, a boy from Manotick, Ontario who was killed in action while firing one of these guns during the battle.


Remembrance Day Ceremony and unveiling of a historic M1942 (ZiS-3) Artillery Gun

Community BBQ and refreshments


Sunday, November 8, 2015



Capital Funeral Home & Cemetery

3700 Prince of Wales Drive

Ottawa, Ontario

K2C 3H1


Unveiling of M1942 (ZiS-3) Artillery Gun as permanent centerpiece of cenotaph monument.


Firing of six-pound artillery gun by volunteers of the Swords and Ploughshares Museum.

Service officiated by Reverend Brian Barr.


SOURCE Arbor Memorial

For further information: Nuno Sousa, Capital Funeral Home & Cemetery, 613-692-3588; Leanne Bull, Environics Communications on behalf of Arbor Memorial, 416-969-2765,

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