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Vancouver commemorates Remembrance Day

November 2 2016

Soldier with horn at Remembrance Day ceremony

The City of Vancouver works with the Vancouver Remembrance Day Committee to recognize the contributions our Veterans have made and to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of Canada.

The Remembrance Day Ceremony and Parade will begin on Friday, November 11 at 9:45am at the Victory Square Cenotaph at West Hastings Street and Cambie Street.

Ceremony program

The program begins with a performance by the Vancouver Bach Youth Choir and Sarabande starting at 9:45am.

At 10:00am veterans, military marching units and bands will be led to Victory Square by the Vancouver Flag Party. The cenotaph ceremony starts 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. Lament and Rouse 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.

A feature will be a combined performance by the Vancouver Fire and Rescue Service and the Regimental Pipes and Drums of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada.

Parade route

The main parade will march Route 2, marching west along Hastings past the reviewing stand between Homer and Richards, turning right at Richards, east on Cordova, then south on Cambie.

The veterans section of the parade will march Route 1, marching west along Hastings Street past the reviewing stand and disperse. Please see the map below.

 

The Remembrance Day Service at Victory Square 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

Remembrance Day observances will also take place in different communities throughout the city on November 11.

Where When
Memorial South Park Cenotaph 
41st Avenue and Windsor Street
10:30am 
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club
3811 Point Grey Road 
(can be viewed from Hastings Mill Park)
10:30am
Japanese Canadian War Memorial in Stanley Park 10:40am
Grandview Park
1200 block of Commercial Drive
10:45am
CRAB Park at Portside  10:55am 
Chinatown Memorial
Keefer at Columbia streets
12:30pm

National Aboriginal Veterans Day

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 10:15 am and proceed to Victory Square. The official ceremony at the cenotaph begins at 10:45am.

Shaughnessy Elementary students install poppies at City Hall 

For a second year, grade 5 students will install over 200 red poppies on the grounds of Vancouver City Hall on November 7 at the corner of 12th Avenue and Yukon.

The poppies were created out of recycled pop bottles and painted red using acrylic paint.

This art project was inspired by the major art installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London in 2014 marking the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

Free parking for Veterans 

Vehicles displaying BC veteran licence plates will be exempt from parking fees for Veterans Week, November 4 to 11, 2016 at:

  • City of Vancouver parking meters
  • EasyPark parkades and surface lots
  • Park Board operated parking facilities