November 11th will mark Remembrance Day; an opportunity to take some time, either in private or in public, to recognize the sacrifice, honour, courage and strength of brave Canadians in the Armed Forces. We remember the many men and women that fought for the freedom, security and peace of our great nation.

(photo: Armistice Day – Cenotaph in Gastown – November 11th 1926 by Stuart Thompson)


Remembrance Day evolved out of Armistice Day, which continues to be marked on the same date. The initial Armistice Day was observed at Buckingham Palace, commencing with King George V hosting a “Banquet in Honour of the President of the French Republic[3] during the evening hours of 10 November 1919. The first official Armistice Day was subsequently held on the grounds of Buckingham Palace the following morning.

Source:    Photo: Vancouver Archives, November 11th 1932


This Friday November 11th, a parade will take place with a ceremony to follow. Buy a red poppy, wear it with pride and come to the neighbourhood to show your support and acknowledgement for the great women and men of our armed forces who gave their lives for our freedom.



Event: Vancouver Ceremony at Victory Square

Where: Victory Square Cenotaph at W Hastings St and Cambie St

When: Saturday November 11  10:00am


The city’s largest Remembrance Day Ceremony begins at 10 a.m. with a performance by the Vancouver Bach Youth Choir and Sarabande. At 10:10 a.m. veterans, 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. 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 a.m. the Last Post will sound. 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. In Flanders Fields will then be sung by the Bach Youth Choir and Sarabande and wreaths will be placed at the cenotaph.