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Remembrance Day Ceremonies Around Vancouver

November 5th, 2013 @ 3:59pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Remembrance Day is coming up and around the region there will be special events to commemorate and remember those who represented our country and gave the ultimate sacrifice. Veterans Affairs Canada has provided an interactive map of events across the country and I have researched a few ceremonies, concerts, and special events around the region this year as well:

Remembrance Day
Photo credit: Clayton Perry Photoworks on Flickr

Remembrance Day Ceremonies Around Vancouver

Cauldron Lighting in Downtown Vancouver

When: Monday, November 11, 2013 at 8:00am
Where: Jack Poole Plaza, Vancouver Convention Centre
Details: As it has for the past three years, the Generation to Generation ceremony will begin the day with the lighting of the cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza. As the cauldron comes to life, a senior veteran will handover Canada’s flag to a member of the next generation of veterans, acknowledging the continuing service and loyalty of Canadians from generation to generation.

Victory Square Remembrance Day Ceremony and Parade

When: Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:00am
Where: Cenotaph at Victory Square (Hastings and Cambie in Vancouver)
Details: The program begins with a performance by the Vancouver Bach Youth Choir and Sarabande starting at 10:00am. Led by the Vancouver Flag Party, the parade of veterans, military marching units and bands will arrive at Victory Square before the ceremony begins at 10:30am. At 11:00am the Last Post will be sounded. There will be Two Minutes of Silence, during which a 21-gun salute by the 15th Field Artillery Regiment will be heard from Portside Park. Rouse and Lament will follow. The RCAF will conduct a fly-past moments later, weather permitting. The enduring In Flanders Fields will then be sung by the Bach Youth Choir and Sarabande and wreaths will be placed at the Cenotaph.

Aboriginal Veterans will hold a ceremony at the Victory Square Cenotaph on November 8th, National Aboriginal Veterans Day. A march will get underway at the Carnegie Centre at 10:15am and proceed to Victory Square. The official ceremony begins at 10:45am.

South Memorial Park Vancouver

When: Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:30am
Where: Memorial Park Cenotaph (41st Ave and Windsor St)

Japanese Canadian War Memorial in Stanley Park

When: Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:40am
Where: Japanese Canadian Cenotaph in Stanley Park

Grandview Park

When: Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:45am
Where: Grandview Park (1657 Charles St at Commercial Drive)

Royal Vancouver Yacht Club

When: Monday, November 11, 2013 at 11:00am
Where: The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club (3811 Point Grey Road)
Details: The ceremony can be viewed by the public from Hastings Mill Park.

CRAB Park at Portisde in Vancouver

When: Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:30am
Where: CRAB Park (149 E Waterfront Rd)

Chinatown Memorial in Vancouver

When: Monday, November 11, 2013 at 12:30pm
Where: Chinatown Memorial Square (Keefer at Columbia)

Poppy Run – Stanley Park

When: Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 8:00am
Where: Starting out from Lumberman’s Arch
Details: Poppy Run, the Remembrance Sunday running/walking/music performance event will take place at Lumberman’s Arch in Stanley Park, Vancouver on November 10 from 8 AM to 12 pm. Run/walk to give for those who gave, for today’s peace and freedom, for a better tomorrow. Participants can register online for an 8K forest hill race, 4K walk or music performances. Both run and walk lead you into the deep forest in Stanley Park.

UBC Remembers

When: Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:45am
Where: UBC War Memorial Gym
Details: Additional information is available online.

North Vancouver Parade

When: Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:30am
Where: Victoria Park Cenotaph (100 block of East Keith Road and Lonsdale)
Details: The parade route is as follows: 9:20am, the Pipe Band march off from the Armories at 15th & Forbes Avenue. It then proceeds East up to 15th – across Lonsdale Avenue – Southbound to St. George and up to the RCMP Detachment. At 9:55am, the contingents of the Pipe Band, RCMP and Fire Department will precede South on St. Georges down to the assembly point at the corner of East Keith Road and St. George. With the completion of the ceremonies at approximately 11:30am.

Chor Leoni – Memory Eternal

When: Monday, November 11, 2013 at 7:30pm
Where: St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church (1022 Nelson at Burrard)
Details: Remembrances and memories: they inform us, teach us, and unite us in times of joy and sorrow. Memory Eternal explores these themes in a diverse and expansive program that includes works by Dominick Argento, Johannes Brahms, Arvo Pärt, Billy Joel, Iron and Wine as well as Haitian folk songs and Indian Ragas. The concert will include readings and end with Rupert Lang’s beloved Kontakion. Tickets are available online in advance. This event will also take place at The ACT Maple Ridge (11944 Haney Pl) on Sunday, November 10, 2013 and on Monday, November 11, 2013 at West Vancouver United Church (2062 Esquimalt Ave) at 2:00pm.

Wreath Laying Ceremony in Delta

When: Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:30am
Where: North Delta Social Heart Plaza (11415 84 Ave)
Details: Kennedy House Seniors Society invites you and your family to attend a Remembrance Day Ceremony at the North Delta Social Heart Plaza. Light refreshments to follow at the North Delta Recreation Centre.

Parade and Ceremony in Ladner

When: Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:15am
Where: Royal Canadian Legion Delta Branch 61 (4896 Delta St)
Details: The parade will commence at 10:15 am from the Legion at 4896 Delta Street and travel to the Cenotaph at Ladner Memorial Park for a 10:45 am ceremony. Following the ceremony, veterans and adults are invited to attend the Legion. Parking is available both near the Legion and Ladner Memorial Park. Ladner Memorial Park is located at 5010 47th Avenue.

Remembrance Day
Photo credit: Clayton Perry Photoworks on Flickr

Remembrance Day Ceremonies New Westminster

When: Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:00am
Where: The Royal Westminster Regiment, Armouries (live) and at Queens Avenue United Church (live broadcast)
Details: Participants are requested to assemble at either location by 9:30am. The doors to the Armouries will be closed at 9:45am. Both sites are wheelchair and stroller friendly and both sites accept those people wishing to attend with their sight assistant dogs. The memorial address will be delivered by Brigadier-General R.R.E. MacKenzie, CD. Following the ceremonies in the Armouries, there will be a parade to the Cenotaph at the front of City Hall where the two minutes of silence will be observed at 11:00am. This will be followed by the wreath laying ceremony and the march past on Royal Avenue.

Surrey Remembers at the Surrey Museum

When: Monday, November 11, 2013 at 9:30am
Where: Surrey Museum (17710 – 56A Ave)
Details: Admission is by donation. Bring your family to take part in the annual Remembrance Day ceremony at the Cloverdale Cenotaph next door to the Surrey Museum and the Surrey Archives. After the ceremony, join us in the Museum to warm up and enjoy activities.

Remembrance Day Parade in Mission

When: Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:00am
Where: Parade marches to Clarke Theatre (33700 Prentis Ave)
Details: The parade begins at Old Windebank School on Stave Lake St at 10:15am and marches off to Clarke Theatre for 10:40am. There will be a Service of Remembrance at 11:00am with Last Post, silence, reveille. Following the service, wreath laying ceremony will take place at the Legion, 32627 Logan Avenue, Mission Social gathering for Legion members, guests and the public in the lounge after the ceremonies.

Richmond Remembrance Day

When: Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:00am
Where: City Hall (6911 No 3 Rd)
Details: The parade begins at 10:20am and the service ends at approximately 12:00pm. At 7:00am on November 11th, a Sunrise Ceremony will see members of Richmond’s Army Cadet Corps mount a vigil on the Cenotaph. A program of activities will be distributed at the event and will include a stirring performance of “In Flanders Fields” by the RC Palmer Secondary School Choir, and buglers and pipers playing Last Post, Lament and Reveille. At 11:00am, there will be two minutes of silence in memory of Canada’s fallen service personnel. A wreath-laying ceremony will follow the two-minute silence.

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9 comments

  1. Hi Rebecca, enjoyed meeting you earlier tonight at the media literacy workshop in Surrey, BC.

    Just thought you may want to add to your list the Remembrance Day parade and ceremony in Ladner. The parade will commence at 10:15 am from the Legion at 4896 Delta Street and travel to the Cenotaph at Ladner Memorial Park for a 10:45 am ceremony. More details here – http://www.corp.delta.bc.ca/EN/main/municipal/upcoming-events/upcoming/remembrance2013.html#sthash.KL2UWu79.dpuf

  2. Jason says:

    Any word on North Vancouver? They rededicated their Cenotaph earlier this year.

  3. Hi Jason,
    Yes I added North Vancouver yesterday, thanks!

  4. Carolann says:

    The Pacific Spirit Choir is presenting Remembrance Day Songs and Faure Requiem on Sunday November 10th at 2:00pm at the West Vancouver United Church. More information at http://pacificspiritchoir.com.

  5. Scott Allan says:

    Hey Rebecca!

    I bookmark your events page every month and get some really good use out of it, keep up the good work :)

    Just a note that Langley is also holding a Remembrance Day parade and ceremony at Douglas Park at 10:30. LEST WE FORGET

    http://www.city.langley.bc.ca/index.php/events?view=eventsitem&eventid=25

  6. Joanna says:

    Thanks Miss 604
    I was trying to find out if commercial drive is on for tomorrow, don’t want to miss out on paying my respects.

  7. Priscilla says:

    Thank-you Rebecca.

  8. David says:

    Hi Rebecca,

    Thanks for the write up. One of these was just a block from my house and I was wondering what was going on. This helped a lot!

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