Remembrance Day is a wonderful way to pay your respects to the men and women who have so bravely served our country. If you are a veteran, this is a wonderful opportunity to take part in services that honor everything you and your military compatriots have sacrificed.
There are dozens of events that will take place throughout Vancouver, and the five listed below are particularly popular.
This Remembrance Day marks 100 years since the end of World War I. To observe this, Mountainview Cemetery will hold a weekend-long “6,000 Poppies” commemoration.
It begins at 3 p.m. on November 10 with the placing of handmade poppies and remembrance candles on the graves of 4,000 veterans. Afterward, there will be a vigil held until 3 p.m. the following afternoon as tribute for the sacrifices made.
This “Service at Sea” will be held at the Jericho Clubhouse and dock at 11 a.m., but the public will be able to view it from Hastings Mill Park.
The service will include the traditional two minutes of silence as well as a spoken blessing and musical performance. Wartime veterans may also sign up to be included as honored guests during the ceremonies.
This event runs from 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the War Memorial Gym on University Boulevard. It features readings, remarks from special guests and a highly anticipated performance by the UBC Opera Ensemble. There will also be light refreshments following the services.
These services are quite impressive. At Victory Square, you can expect youth choir performances, a 21-gun salute and a Royal Canadian Air Force aerial display.
After the ceremonies conclude, you can stroll through the parks to enjoy the most beautiful fall foliage Vancouver has to offer.
The affair in Stanley Park is one of the loveliest in the area. It begins at 10:40 a.m. at the Japanese Canadian Cenotaph. This is also close to the Victory Square services, so you can easily attend both events if you wish. In addition, the scenery at the memorial and in the other Chinatown landmarks is breathtaking at this time of year.
Remembrance Day Events
There are over 30 events of various sizes taking place on November 11, so there will be plenty of opportunities to find a ceremony that allows you to honor the day as you wish to.