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Complimentary City parking for veterans with plates

November 1 2012

Poppy Wreath

Vehicles displaying BC veteran licence plates will be exempt from parking fees at City parking meters, in EasyPark parkades and surface lots as well as in Park Board operated parking facilities for Veterans Week, November 5 to 11, 2012.
 
The free parking also extends to popular destinations like Stanley Park, Queen Elizabeth Park and the Aquatic Centre as well as a number of downtown community centres including Coal Harbour, Creekside and Roundhouse.

The City offers the complimentary parking to recognize the military service and dedication Canadian men and women provided to our country and to facilitate their work distributing poppies.  Poppy donations support veterans with affordable housing, education, trauma treatment, relief and recovery.

Last year, in cooperation with the Royal United Services Institute of Vancouver, the City also upgraded a number of traditional street name signs in honour of Remembrance Day.

The signs, which have been installed on 15 streets within an area bounded by Grandview Highway, Rupert Street, Boundary Road and E. 22nd Avenue, each contains a red poppy to identify the street named after a person or a place that has had a role in a Canadian war.

Remembrance Day services will take place around the city on November 11. The main service will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Victory Square Cenotaph.

In addition, at 8 a.m. on Remembrance Day, regimental units of the 39 Canadian Brigade, HMCS Discovery, RCMP "E" Division and the Vancouver Flag Party will participate in the lighting of the cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza in a special ceremony with the theme Generation to Generation.