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Things to do on Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day, 11 November, 2015

Remembrance Day also known as Poppy day, is a memorial day that has been observed since the end of the First World War to remember the members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty. This year will mark the 101th anniversary of the start of the First World War and the 76th anniversary of the start of the Second World War. There are many events and activities taking place,read on to find out more on things to do on Remembrance Day in Vancouver.

The red remembrance poppy has become the recognizable emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem “In Flanders Fields“. These poppies flourished across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I; their bold red colour became a symbol for the blood spilled in the war. Till this day people all around the globe continue to wear the red poppy as a symbol of remembrance.

Things to do on Remembrance Day

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Here are some of the ceremonies being held in and around Vancouver:

Victory Square Cenotaph 

Time: 9.45am

Venue: 150 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Things to do on Remembrance Day

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The Vancouver Bach Youth Choir and Sarabande performance starts at 9.45am followed by the Vancouver flag party leading the procession of veterans, military, marching units and band prior to the commencement of the ceremony. At 11.00am two minutes silence will be held and there will be a 21 gun salute. The parade will proceed west down Hastings Street at 11.30am.

Japanese Canadian War Memorial 

Time: 10.40am

Venue: Stanley Park, near the Vancouver Aquarium

Royal Vancouver Yacht Club

Time: 10.30 am

Venue: 3811 Point Grey Road, Vancouver

Remembrance Day Parade

Things to do on Remembrance Day

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The Annual Remembrance Day Parade will be taking place. They will be marching along Hastings past the reviewing stand between Homer and Richards, turning right at Richards, east on Cordova, then south on Cambie. For a full schedule visit City of Vancouver.

Many cities will also be holding ceremonies in honour of Remembrance Day click here to find out what is going on in your city!

Remember to have a moment of silence at 11:00 am on the 11th of November to remember sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war.

Lest We forget!

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