Vancouver Remembrance Day 2011

Vancouver Remembrance Day Ceremony in Victory Square. Photo: Covenant Zone

Break out your red poppies and honour Canadian veterans at the annual Vancouver Remembrance Day ceremonies happening around the city on November 11, 2011.

All Vancouver Remembrance Day Ceremonies are free, open to everyone, and take place on Friday, November 11.

Lighting of the Olympic Cauldron: Remembrance Day 2011 begins with the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron at the Vancouver Convention Centre’s Jack Poole Plaza at 8am. The cauldron will be lit by regimental units of the 39 Canadian Brigade, HMCS Discovery, RCMP “E” Division and the Royal Canadian Legion Colour Party.

Victory Square: The  City of Vancouver‘s largest Remembrance Day event is the annual Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremony at Victory Square park (at W. Hastings and Cambie, in downtown Vancouver), where there is a granite cenotaph that memorializes Vancouverites who lost their lives in the First World War (pictured above).  The 2011 parade begins at 10am, starting at Cambie and Pender then continuing along Hastings Street; the 2011 ceremony begins at 10:30am at the cenotaph.

Crab Park: The Remembrance Day ceremonies continue at Crab Park (E Waterfront Rd. & Main St.), where, at 11:02am, the Royal Canadian Artillery’s 15th Field Regiment will fire a 21-gun salute.

Memorial South Park: This smaller Remembrance Day ceremony, organized by South Vancouver Veteran’s Council, includes a parade (beginning at John Oliver Secondary School at 10am), followed by a memorial service at the Park’s cenotaph (near main entrance on 41st Avenue at Windsor Street) at 10:30am.

Japanese Monument at Stanley Park: Remembrance Day Services will be held at this monument to Vancouver’s Japanese soldiers serving in the First World War at 10:40 am. The monument is located near the Stanley Park Pavilion.

Remembrance Day in Chinatown: Chinese Canadian veterans are celebrated at this ceremony, which takes place at 12:30pm at the Chinatown Memorial Square (corner of Keefer and Columbia St. in Chinatown).

UBC Remembrance Day Ceremony: University of British Columbia (UBC) honours Remembrance Day with a public ceremony at 10am at the UBC War Memorial Gym (6081 University Boulevard, on the UBC campus).

Grandview Park:  East Van’s Remembrance Day Service begins at 10:30am at Grandview Park (1657 Charles Street at Commercial Drive), with a parade down  Commercial Drive following at 11:15am.

Though not a Remembrance Day event per se, there’s also the Give Peace a Chant Kirtan, a day-long offering of music and chanting at St. Paul’s Labyrinth (1130 Jervis St. and Davie, in the West End). Give Peace a Chant is part of the Global Celebration of Peace; it starts at 10:30am.

For listings on Remembrance Day ceremonies throughout Metro Vancouver, including North Vancouver and Burnaby, check out this list from Venture Vancouver.

Know another Vancouver Remembrance Day event that deserves a mention? Please let me know in the comments!

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