Free transit for veterans on Remembrance Day

IN partnership with The Royal Canadian Legion, TransLink is offering free transit for veterans on Remembrance Day and promoting the distribution of poppies at key transit hubs.

“TransLink is honoured to partner with the Legion to help spread poppies around Metro Vancouver,” says TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond. “The poppy is an important symbol honouring all those who have served and are still serving their country.”

Transit customers will see members of The Royal Canadian Legion giving out poppies by donation at key transit hubs including:

  • Waterfront Station
  • Commercial-Broadway Station
  • Surrey Central Station
  • Lougheed Town Centre Station
  • Broadway-City Hall Station

“The Royal Canadian Legion is committed to making a difference in the lives of our veterans and their families,” says Valerie MacGregor, BC and Yukon Command President of the Royal Canadian Legion BC. “The funds raised by the Poppy Campaign enable us to fulfill our mission within our communities and ensures our Veterans, Members of the Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP and their families get the support they deserve. Serving veterans is the duty of all Canadians. This partnership with TransLink is a wonderful opportunity for us to engage everyday Canadians. I encourage you to join with us in honouring their sacrifice and service to our country.”

TransLink is encouraging people to take transit to Remembrance Day ceremonies. Here are some Remembrance Day ceremonies near Expo, Millennium, or Canada Line stations:

Burnaby South Cenotaph Parade6511 Marlborough Avenue, Burnaby10:30 a.m.
New Westminster Cenotaph Parade529 Queens Ave, New Westminster9:45 a.m.
Port Moody memorial celebration125 Kyle Street, Port Moody10:30 a.m.
Richmond City Hall Cenotaph Parade6911 No. 3 Road, Richmond10:30 a.m.
Surrey Whalley Cenotaph Parade13525 106th Avenue, Surrey10:00 a.m.
Vancouver Victory Square Ceremony150 W Hastings St, Vancouver9:45 a.m.

By carrying their badge, military ID, or record of service card on the bus, SkyTrain, or SeaBus on November 11 – free transit will be extended to veterans as well as current members of the Canadian Armed Forces, police officers, firefighters, Coast Guard officers, BC Ambulance paramedics, and Department of Fisheries and Oceans officers. One accessible fare gate will be left open at all SeaBus and SkyTrain stations.

TransLink encourages customers and staff to observe a moment of silence at or near 11 a.m. across the system on November 11.

THE annual Chinatown Community Remembrance Day Ceremony will take place on Monday, November 11 at 12:30 p.m. at Chinatown Memorial Square (northeast corner of Columbia Street and Keefer Street), Vancouver

Jointly organized by organizations including the Chinese Canadian Military Museum Society, Chinese Benevolent Association, Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver, S.U.C.C.E.S.S., the Vancouver Chinatown Merchants Association and the Youth Collaborative for Chinatown, the ceremony is an opportunity for the community to honor the sacrifices of Chinese-Canadian military veterans as well as those of Chinese-Canadian pioneers.