Vancouver commemorates Remembrance Day

Vancouver commemorates Remembrance Day

November 7 2013 Cauldron lighting the first of several events

Victory Square Remembrance Day ceremony

The City of Vancouver will host the following ceremonies to recognize the contribution our Veterans have made and to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of Canada.

Lighting of the cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza

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:

 When  Where
Monday, November 11
8:00am
Jack Poole Plaza
Vancouver Convention Centre

Program

As the cauldron comes to life, a senior veteran will hand over Canada’s flag to a member of the next generation of veterans, acknowledging the continuing service and loyalty of Canadians from generation to generation.

Regimental units taking part in this year’s ceremony include 50 members of the 39 Canadian Brigade and HMCS Discovery. RCMP officers will stand as sentries while the all-Cadet Vancouver Flag Party marches in.

Flt. Sergeant Tony Zhao of the Pegasus Air Cadet Sqn. 111 will sound the Last Post and Reveille. Pipe Major Alistair Pattison of the BC Regiment Pipes and Drums will pipe the Lament. The cauldron will be extinguished at 11:00am, coinciding with Two Minutes of Silence at Victory Square.

Ceremony and parade at Victory Square

At Victory Square, Vancouver’s main Remembrance Day Ceremony and Parade will begin:

When  Where
Monday, November 11
10:00am
Cenotaph at Victory Square
West Hastings Street, between Cambie and Hamilton streets 

Program

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.

The combined bands of the Vancouver Fire and Rescue Service and the Regimental Pipes and Drums of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada will perform, after which the parade march-off begins. The parade proceeds west along Hastings Street, turning right at Richards Street, east on Cordova, then south on Cambie and marching past the reviewing stand at Victory Square.

The Remembrance Day Service at Victory Square event is organized by the Vancouver Remembrance Day Committee, a volunteer group established by the City in the 1940s with the mandate to conduct the November 11 ceremony on behalf of its citizens.  

Additional ceremonies throughout Vancouver

In addition to the above ceremonies, Remembrance Day observances will take place in different communities throughout the city on November 11.

 Location Ceremony commences at
Memorial South Park Cenotaph 
41st Avenue and Windsor Street
10:30am 
Japanese Canadian War Memorial in Stanley Park 10:40am
Grandview Park
1657 Charles Street at Commercial Drive
10:45am
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club
3811 Point Grey Road 
(can be viewed by from Hastings Mill Park)
11:00am
CRAB Park at Portside 10:30am
Chinatown Memorial
Keefer at Columbia streets
12:30pm

National Aboriginal Veterans Day - November 8

Aboriginal Veterans will hold a ceremony at the Victory Square Cenotaph on November 8, 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.

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