Vancouver, other cities commemorate Remembrance Day (update)

IN honour of our veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of Canada, the City of Vancouver is holding its annual Remembrance Day ceremony and parade at Victory Square on Saturday, November 11.

Remembrance Day ceremony and parade:

When: November 11 at 10 a.m.

Where: Cenotaph at Victory Square on West Hastings Street at West Hastings Street and Cambie Street


THE Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) will conduct flybys for several Remembrance Day commemorations across Canada on November 11. In the Lower Mainland, flybys will take place in New Westminster (CP-140 Aurora) and Vancouver  (CP-140 Aurora).


Ceremony program:

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

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 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).

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.


Free parking for Veterans:

Vehicles displaying BC veteran licence plates will be exempt from parking fees for Veterans Week until November 11 at:

* City of Vancouver parking meters;

* EasyPark parkade and surface lots; and

* In all parks and community centres in Vancouver.


IN honour of Remembrance Day, TransLink and its operating companies will once again provide free transit to our many heroes – including Armed Forces, police, fire, ambulance and Coast Guard on Saturday, November 11.

Free transit is available to eligible members on all services, including HandyDART and Canada Line YVR-AddFare. One accessible fare gate will remain open at all SeaBus and SkyTrain stations from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Transit will be free all day on buses for Veterans and eligible members. These veterans and eligible members will not be required to tap their Compass Cards, but membership cards should be displayed or that members should appear in uniform when boarding buses or entering a fare-paid zone. The rest of the public, will only need a one-zone fare for travel across the network.

Buses will operate on a holiday schedule.

SkyTrain Expo and Millennium lines will be on a Saturday schedule while Canada Line will be on a holiday schedule.

SeaBus will be on holiday schedule with 15-minute service 8:16 a.m. to 9:16 p.m.

West Coast Express will not operate Saturday, November 11 or Monday, November 13.

Compass Customer Service Centre, Lost Property Office, West Cost Express Office and Access Transit Customer Care will be closed on Saturday, November 11 and Monday, November 13.

Compass Customer Service line (604-398-2042) will be open 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (no change from usual service).

Regular weekday transit service returns to all modes (except West Coast Express) on Monday, November 13.

Translink will be observing a moment of silence at 11 a.m., with all SkyTrain, SeaBus and buses observing this moment at the stop reached closest to the hour.


Additional ceremonies throughout Vancouver:

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

* Memorial South Park Cenotaph

41st Avenue and Windsor Street

10:30 a.m.

* Royal Vancouver Yacht Club

3811 Point Grey Road (can be viewed from Hastings Mill Park)

10:30 a.m.

* Japanese Canadian War Memorial in Stanley Park

10:40 a.m.

* Grandview Park

1200 block of Commercial Drive

10:45 a.m.

* Crab Park at Portside

10:55 a.m.

* Chinatown Memorial

Keefer at Columbia streets

12:30 p.m.


Remembrance Day Ceremonies in Delta:

Delta will be holding our official Remembrance Day ceremonies in both North and South Delta on Saturday, November 11. The North Delta ceremony will take place at the North Delta Social Heart Plaza on 84 Avenue, commencing at 10:40 a.m. A reception will follow at the North Delta Recreation Centre, hosted by the Kennedy Seniors Society.

In South Delta, the ceremony will be held at the Cenotaph in Memorial Park in Ladner. The Parade will start at 10:15 a.m. from the Royal Canadian Legion at 4896 Delta Street and end at the Cenotaph for the 10:45 a.m. ceremony.


In Surrey:

A Remembrance Day service commemorating Canadian soldiers will take place at 10:25 a.m. at Veterans Square, 17671 Highway 10 (56th Avenue). Organized by the Cloverdale Legion, the large annual event typically draws crowds wishing to pay their respects.

Visitors are invited to warm up at the Surrey Archives from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for family friendly activities, including refreshments, crafts, wartime displays and the opportunity to write postcards for war veterans.

Free public parking is available throughout Cloverdale and at Cloverdale Traditional Elementary School. The Surrey Museum and parking lot are currently closed due to construction.

The entire ceremony will be live streamed on the Heritage Surrey Facebook page