Remembrance Day Service at Victory Square

Remembrance Day 2019 in Vancouver

November 8 2019 –

This Monday, November 11, the City of Vancouver will hold its annual Remembrance Day ceremony and parade at Victory Square to honour Canada’s veterans who served, and to remember those who gave their lives for our country and freedoms. 

Remembrance Day ceremony and parade

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

 Note to media: please be aware that you will be asked to remain within the designated media space during the ceremony. Please arrive early to sign-in then gather any photographs, footage, or interviews prior to 10:15am. 

Ceremony program

  • 10:00am - the program at Victory Square will begin with a performance by the Vancouver Bach Youth Choir and Saraband  
  • 10:10am - veterans, military marching units, and bands will march to Victory Square, led by the Vancouver Flag Party 
  • 10:30am - cenotaph ceremony begins with the singing of O Canada. Shortly after will be a combined performance by Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services Band, the Pipes and Drums of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada and the Bach Youth Choir
  • 11:00am - the Last Post will be sounded, followed by 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 then conduct a fly-past, weather permitting. Following this the enduring In Flanders Fields will be performed by the Bach Youth Choir and Saraband, after which wreaths will be placed at the Cenotaph. 
  • 11:30am – The Remembrance Day parade begins 

 This year’s ceremony will be broadcast on a large screen located in Victory Square Park. 

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 1946 with the mandate to conduct the ceremony every November 11 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:

  • 10:30am - Memorial South Park Cenotaph, 41st Ave and Windsor St
  • 10:40am - Japanese Canadian War Memorial in Stanley Park
  • 10:45am - Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, 3811 Point Grey Rd (can be viewed from Hastings Mill Park)
  • 10:45am - Grandview Park, 1200 block of Commercial Dr
  • 11:00am – Mountain View Cemetery, 5455 Fraser St
  • 12:30pm - Chinatown Memorial, Keefer St at Columbia St

National Aboriginal Veterans Day

Aboriginal veterans held a ceremony at the Victory Square Cenotaph today. A march got underway this morning starting at the Carnegie Centre at 10:15am and proceeding to Victory Square where a wreath was laid. 

Shaughnessy Elementary students install poppies, red feathers at City Hall

For a fifth year in a row, students from Shaughnessy Elementary School installed a display of red poppies on the grounds of Vancouver City Hall at the corner of West 12th Ave and Cambie St. This year students have added red feathers to honour Indigenous veterans.