It’s been 100 years since the Armistice of Compiègne went into effect, ending hostilities between the Allies and Germany — and marking the end of the First World War, then known as the war to end wars.
Every year since, Canadians have honoured their veterans and war dead with a ceremony and moment of silence on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
In the years after the Great War, the gatherings were small and unofficial. On March 18, 1931, Alan Webster Neill, MP for Comox-Alberni, introduced a motion to have Armistice Day officially observed on Nov. 11 and no other date. Another Vancouver Island MP, Charles William Dickey of Nanaimo, according to the Canadian War Museum, then moved an amendment to change the name to Remembrance Day because it “implies that we wish to remember and perpetuate.”
Remembrance Day activities in Metro Vancouver on Nov. 11:
There will be ceremony and parade at the cenotaph in Victory Square (West Hastings Street and Cambie Street).
The program begins with a performance by the Vancouver Bach Youth Choir and Sarabande starting at 10 a.m.
At 10:10 a.m., military marching units and bands will be led to Victory Square by the Vancouver Flag Party for the cenotaph ceremony starting at 10:30 a.m. The Last Post will be sounded at 11 a.m. There will be two minutes of silence, followed by a 21-gun salute and a flyby from the Royal Canadian Air Force, weather permitting. The parade — which will march along Hastings, Richards, Cordova and Cambie — begins immediately following the ceremony.
Additional Remembrance Day ceremonies in Vancouver will take place at the Memorial South Park Cenotaph (41st Avenue and Windsor Street), Royal Vancouver Yacht Club (3811 Point Grey Road), Japanese Canadian War Memorial in Stanley Park, Grandview Park (1200 block of Commercial Drive), and the Chinatown Memorial (Keefer Street and Columbia Street).
The Chinatown service begins at 12:30 p.m.
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Ceremonies will be held at Thunderbird Memorial Square (Veterans Way, behind City Hall and next to Clearbrook Library), and Mount Lehman Anavets Hall (30346 McNeil Ave.). Coffee served at 9:30 a.m., parade begins at 10:30 a.m. Two minutes of silence at 11 a.m.
The formal ceremony at Belcarra Regional Park featuring the Port Moody Power & Sail Squadron commences at 10:30 a.m. with laying of wreaths on the dock. The main viewing area is on the fixed pier leading to the dock. Veterans and their families are welcome on the west dock. Lunch will be served afterward ($5 per person).
The ceremony at the Snug Cove cenotaph begins at 10:50 a.m. and will be followed by a community pot luck luncheon at the Legion (1267 Scarborough Rd.). All are welcome.
The North Burnaby ceremony begins with a parade that leaves the underground parking lot of the McGill Library, 4595 Albert St., at 10:40 a.m. and ends at the North Burnaby Cenotaph in Confederation Park (Willingdon Avenue and Penzance Drive).
The South Burnaby ceremony begins with a parade that leaves from Fire Hall No. 3 (6511 Marlborough Ave.) at 10:30 a.m. and arrives at the South Burnaby Cenotaph in Bonsor Park (Imperial Street and Nelson Avenue).
Both cenotaph services begin at 11 a.m.
The Sardis Remembrance Day begins with a procession that leaves the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 280 (5661 Vedder Rd.) at 10:30 am with the ceremony immediately following at All Sappers Memorial Park (5571 Vedder Rd.).
In downtown Chilliwack, a service starts at 10 a.m. at Evergreen Hall, and the procession leaves at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony follows immediately at the cenotaph outside the Chilliwack Museum (45820 Spadina Ave.).
Sto:Lo Veterans Day takes place at Coqualeetza Longhouse (7201 Vedder Rd.), starting with a ceremony at 10 a.m., followed by a procession to the memorial site at 10:50 a.m., where a moment of silence will be observed and wreaths laid.
A service will be held in the gym at Winslow Centre (1100 Winslow St.) at 9:45 a.m., followed by a parade from to the cenotaph on Veterans Way at Blue Mountain Park. An Act of Remembrance and wreath laying will take place at 11 a.m., followed by a parade from the cenotaph to the Legion (1025 Ridgeway Ave.) at 11:30 a.m.
In North Delta, a ceremony begins at 10:40 a.m. at the North Delta Social Heart Plaza. Reception to follow at North Delta Recreation Centre (11415 84 Ave.).
In South Delta, a parade from the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 61 (4896 Delta St.) starts at 10:15 a.m. The ceremony at the cenotaph at Memorial Park in Ladner (47 Avenue and Garry Street), follows at 10:45 a.m.
There will be a parade (10:45 a.m.) and ceremony (10:50 a.m.) at the Douglas Park Cenotaph (20550 Douglas Cres.). Additional ceremonies will be held at the Fort Langley cenotaph (23105 St. Andrews Ave.) — parade begins at the cemetery at 10:25 a.m. — and at the Aldergrove Legion cenotaph (26607 Fraser Highway) at 10:45 a.m. following a short parade which begins on Old Yale Road near 268 Street.
A formal ceremony at the Murrayville Cemetery cenotaph (21405 44 Avenue) will take place at 10:45 a.m. with poems, songs, remembrances and a flypast of the Fraser Blues. Refreshments will be available at the Langley Golf and Banquet Centre and at the United Church at 48 Avenue and 216 Street.
A parade beginning at 10:30 a.m. will be followed by a 11 a.m. ceremony at Memorial Peace Park (11900 224 St.). The ceremony includes reading the names of soldiers from the community who have died in wars, the Laying of the Wreaths, a blessing, a reading of the poem “In Flanders Fields,” and the playing of the Last Post.
The parade will begin at 10:15 a.m. at École des Deux Rives (7674 Stave Lake St.). The service at the Clarke Theatre (33700 Prentis Ave.) starts at 10:30 a.m., followed by a wreath laying (11:30 a.m.) and social gathering (1 p.m.) at Legion Branch 57 (32627 Logan Ave.).
The outdoor service will begin at the City Hall cenotaph (511 Royal Ave.) at 10:30 a.m.
A service at the Victoria Park cenotaph (East Keith Road and Lonsdale Avenue) begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by the traditional veterans’ parade.
In the district, ceremony will be held at Cates Park (Whey-ah-Wichen), 4131 Dollarton Highway, at 10:30 a.m.
The procession begins at 10:45 a.m., ending at the Spirit Square cenotaph (12007 Harris Rd.). There will be a flypast by the Fraser Blues at about 10:56 a.m. Following the ceremony, there will be a reception at the Pitt Meadows Family Recreation Centre.
The service begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Wilson Centre (2150 Wilson Avenue), followed by a parade to the cenotaph at Veterans Park (in front of City Hall), where there will be an Act of Remembrance and wreath laying at 11 a.m. A parade will head to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 133 (2675 Shaughnessy St.) at 11:30 a.m.
A 9:30 a.m. service will be held at the Kyle Centre (125 Kyle St.), followed by a parade to the Port Moody Arts Centre (2425 Saint Johns St.) for the 11 a.m. cenotaph ceremony. At 11:30 a.m. there will be a parade from the arts centre to Kyle Centre for a buffet lunch and refreshments, with entertainment.
The ceremony at Richmond City Hall (6911 No. 3 Rd.) will begin at 10:20 a.m. with a parade toward the cenotaph, which is located on the east side of City Hall. Official ceremonies at the cenotaph begin at 10:40 a.m. There will be two minutes of silence at 11 a.m., followed by wreath-laying. Members of the public unable to attend in person can watch a live broadcast on the city’s website.
This year’s ceremony at the Whalley Legion (13525 106 Ave.) will be the last before construction begins on the new Legion Veterans Village next spring. The legion has been on the site for 70 years. A procession begins at 10:25 a.m., followed by a service at 10:45 a.m.
A family-friendly event will begin at 10:45 a.m. at the Surrey Centre Cemetery (16671 Old McLellan Rd.). Poppies and flags will be placed on the graves of more than 500 veterans.
In Newton, a procession at Newton Seniors Centre Park (13775 70 Ave.) begins at 10 a.m., with the service beginning at 10:45 a.m.
The Cloverdale branch of the Royal Canadian Legion will host the Surrey Remembers event at Veterans Square (17717 56A Ave.) beginning at 9:30 a.m.
The Port Kells Community Hall ceremony begins with a procession at 10 a.m.; the service begins at 10:30 a.m.
The Legion’s Crescent Beach Branch 240 (2643 128 St.) has a ceremony beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Remembrance Day Ceremony at UBC will be held at War Memorial Gym and will include short readings, remarks from special guests and musical performances by the UBC Opera Ensemble. Doors to the War Memorial Gym will open at 10 a.m. and the ceremony will commence at 10:45 a.m.
The service starts at 10:45 a.m. at the Memorial Arch in Memorial Park (Marine Drive between 19th Street and 20th Street).
The White Rock Legion’s Remembrance Day parade will start at the corner of Roper Avenue and Johnston Road at 10:15 a.m. The wreath-laying ceremony at White Rock City Hall cenotaph (15322 Buena Vista Ave.) starts at 11 a.m.
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