Vancouver commemorates Remembrance Day

November 7 2018

Victory Square Remembrance Day Ceremony

On Sunday, November 11, the City of Vancouver is holding its annual Remembrance Day ceremony and parade at Victory Square in honour of our veterans, and for those who gave their lives in the service of Canada.

This marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice on November 11, 1918, that ended the First World War after four years of brutal conflict. 

During the last three months of the war, a series of victories by the Canadian Corps solidified their reputation as elite shock troops on the Western Front. 

The Canadian Corps played such a key role that this period became known as Canada’s Hundred Days .

Remembrance Day ceremony and parade

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

Ceremony program

The program at Victory Square begins with a performance by the Vancouver Bach Youth Choir and Sarabande starting at 10am.

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 11am 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 throughout Vancouver

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

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

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 10:45am and proceed to Victory Square for a wreath laying ceremony at 11am. This will be followed by a reception at the Aboriginal Friendship Centre located 1607 East Hastings St from noon to 3pm.

Shaughnessy Elementary students install poppies at City Hall

For a fourth consecutive year, 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.

Free parking for Veterans

Vehicles displaying BC veteran licence plates are exempt from parking fees for Veterans Week, November 4 to 11, 2018 at:

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

Free bike valet service

Those riding a bike to the ceremony are encouraged to take advantage of the free bike valet service located at 250 West Pender St (between Hamilton St and Cambie St) on the north plaza of Vancouver Community College.

The free bike valet service is from 9:30am to 12:30pm.