|The interior of Menin Gate.|
|Military delegates stand outside the "Armistice Train", at Compiègne, where signatories signed the cease fire.|
|Newspapers the world over soon spread the news that the war was over.|
|An unidentified Toronto family gathers together on the morning of November 11th, 1918, to read news that the war was over.|
|A throng of people gather together at Queen and Yonge streets, revelling in the news of the war's end.|
|Here is a similar scene, also at Queen and Yonge streets.|
|Just as they had at the outbreak of the war, in August of 1914, the people of Toronto massed outside City Hall, at Queen and Terauley (now Bay) streets, when the news of peace swept through the city.|
|It wasn't long before impromptu parades, gatherings, and celebrations were taking place all over Toronto. Seen here is a spontaneous celebration on King Street West.|
|Peace celebrations at King and Bay streets.|
|Revellers on Queen Street.|
|Celebrations at Bay and King streets.|
|This photograph of Armistice Day celebrations is notable for the Victory Loan banner in the background, as well as the flags of Allied countries which were strung up along the street.|
|This photograph was taken from the third floor of City Hall and overlooks Queen and James streets. You'll note the "Buy Victory Bonds 1918" poster in the background.|
|Banners like this one hung all over Toronto and across Canada to welcome back returning soldiers to the home front. It contains Canadian imagery, including the "Red Ensign", the Canadian Coat of Arms, and the beaver.|
|John McCrae in 1912.|
|A printed postcard bearing McCrae's poem, "In Flanders Fields". For Canadians, McCrae's poem would become the most well known piece of literature to come out of the First World War.|
|An inscription of the complete poem in a bronze "book" at the John McCrae memorial at his birthplace in Guelph.|
|Before the cenotaph at City Hall was unveiled in 1925, the site was home to more makeshift commemorations every November 11th, as seen in this photograph from 1922.|
|City Hall Cenotaph, Remembrance Day, 2012|
|Of note is the particularly solemn appearance of the two heraldic supporters on the city's coat of arms. They have their heads turned down in sombre reflection.|
|The plaque commemorating the history of the Stanley Barracks.|
|Recruits march past the Stanley Barracks, seen in the background, during the First World War.|
|The chapel at Hart House.|
|The three stained glass windows in the chapel at Hart House, which contain fragments of glass salvaged from churches in France and Belgium that were destroyed during the First World War.|
|Detail of salvages stained glass, Hart House chapel.|
|The Great Hall at Hart House.|
|The coat of arms of King George V, Canada's sovereign during the First World War.|
|The Soldiers' Tower, University of Toronto.|
|The names of 628 students of the University of Toronto who were killed during the First World War are carved on the memorial wall behind the arches.|
|John McCrae's "In Flanders Fields" is also carved on the wall. A portion of it is shown here. Of course, as McCrae was a casualty of the First World War, his name can also be found amongst the war dead.|
|These two walls, under the arch at the base of the Soldiers' Tower, record the names of 557 students from the University of Toronto who were killed during the Second World War.|
|Military service, the Soldiers' Tower, 1924.|
The Soldiers' Tower is organizing an event to commemorate the centenary of John McCrae's writing of In Flanders Field. The following information is taken from their website, which you can also visit here.
REMEMBERING JOHN McCRAE
On May 3, 1915 during the Second Battle of Ypres in the Great War, Lieutenant John McCrae wrote, In Flanders Fields. You are invited to join us 100 years later to commemorate the legacy of this remarkable alumnus and Canada's most famous poet.
SUNDAY MAY 3, 2015
Soldiers' Tower, 7 Hart House Circle
12 noon - 2:45 p.m., Soldiers' Tower Memorial Room will be open to visitors.
2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Carillon recital featuring Gordon Slater, Dominion Carillonneur (retired). The carillon recital is an outdoor event which will proceed rain or shine.
3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Slide show presentation about John McCrae by Linda Granfield, U of T alumna, noted author and expert on John McCrae; followed by reception in the Music Room of Hart House.
This public event is free, but seating is limited. RSVP to Kathy Parks at 416-978-3485, firstname.lastname@example.org
RSVPs ARE REQUIRED.