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Vancouver commemorates Remembrance Day

November 7 2017

Remembrance Day poppy

In honour of our veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of Canada, the City of Vancouver is holding its annual Remembrance Day ceremony and parade at Victory Square on Saturday, November 11.

Remembrance Day ceremony and parade

When: November 11 at 10:00am
Where: Cenotaph at Victory Square, West Hastings Street 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 10:00am.

At 10:10am veterans, military marching units and bands will be led to Victory Square by the Vancouver Flag Party for the cenotaph ceremony starting at 10:30am.

Shortly afterward, there will be a combined performance by Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services and the Regimental Pipes and Drums of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada.

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 Royal Canadian Air Force 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.

Parade route

The Remembrance Day parade will begin once the ceremony finishes. Participants will march west along Hastings past the reviewing stand between Homer and Richards, turning right at Richards, east on Cordova, then south on Cambie (Route 2 on the map below).

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

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

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

Memorial South Park Cenotaph

Where: 41st Avenue and Windsor Street
When: 10:30am

Royal Vancouver Yacht Club

Where: 3811 Point Grey Road  (can be viewed from Hastings Mill Park)
When: 10:30am

Japanese Canadian War Memorial in Stanley Park

When: 10:40am

Grandview Park

Where: 1200 block of Commercial Drive
When: 10:45am

Crab Park at Portside

When: 10:55am

Chinatown Memorial

Where: Keefer at Columbia streets
When: 12:30pm

National Aboriginal Veterans Day

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

A march will get underway at the Carnegie Centre at 10:15am 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 third year, Grade 5 students from Shaughnessy Elementary School will install a display of red poppies on the grounds of Vancouver City Hall on November 6 at the corner of 12th Avenue and Cambie.

Their teacher, Ms. Carla Pace 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.

The students are excited to share their art installation with the city.

Free parking for Veterans

Vehicles displaying BC veteran licence plates will be exempt from parking fees for Veterans Week, November 4 to 11, 2017 at:

  • City of Vancouver parking meters
  • EasyPark parkade and surface lots
  • In all parks and community centres in Vancouver