Remembrance Day 2020 #RememberInPlace

Remembrance Day CeremoniesFamily Fun Vancouver pays our respects to the men and women who have so generously given to our country. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, almost all of the Remembrance Day ceremonies are not permitting the general public to attend. Instead everyone is being asked to #RememberInPlace

Poppy donations are the primary fundraiser for the majority of the Legions across the country. Please consider making a donation and wearing your red poppy on November 11.

Abbotsford | Chilliwack | Coquitlam | Langley | Maple Ridge | New Westminster | Pitt Meadows | Port Moody | Richmond | Surrey | Vancouver

Abbotsford:

Virtual Remembrance Day Ceremony: Remember in Place. Due to the current Public Health Order for public gatherings, which restricts events to be hosted for a maximum of 50 people, the Abbotsford Legion’s Remembrance Day Ceremony will be virtual for 2020. A small invite only event will be held at Thunderbird Square on November 11th at 10:30am. The Abbotsford Legion and City of Abbotsford would like to encourage the community to honour our veterans and respect their health through watching the ceremony online, wearing a poppy, and placing a poppy in their window. Wreaths will be available for sale (contactless) and will be placed on November 11, at the ceremony, by a selected few members of the Legion. The Virtual Event will be live on the City of Abbotsford’s Youtube channel.
Date: November 11, 2020
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am
Websitewww.legionbcyukon.ca

Chilliwack:

Remember in place this year. Due to current provincial health guidelines, there will be no formal processions in Chilliwack, and the City respectfully asks that you help keep our veterans safe by staying home and watching a virtual ceremony this year.

Please help us honour our veterans by keeping them safe:

  • Watch a live streamed ceremony with your household.
  • Print a picture of a poppy and place it in your window.
  • Participate in a moment of silence at home.
  • Purchase and wear a poppy.
  • Allow our Legion members to conduct their ceremonies safely. If you would like to visit the cenotaphs, please do so in the afternoon, and avoid gatherings.

Coquitlam:

Coquitlam’s traditional Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 11 – which typically attracts thousands to the Blue Mountain Park cenotaph – will not take place this year in order to protect public health and comply with the Provincial Health Order banning gatherings of more than 50 people.

To mark Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, Coquitlam will lower the flags at City Hall and at Blue Mountain Park on Nov. 11 but hold no formal event. In recognition of the achievements and sacrifices of those who have served our nation in times of war and military conflict, the City is encouraging residents to show their respect for veterans in other ways this year. Some ideas:

Sponsor a meal: In collaboration with Legion Branch 263, the City’s Meals for Seniors delivery and pickup program will provide free meals on Tuesday, Nov. 10 to Coquitlam veterans, who number about 40. Coquitlam City Council members will assist in delivering the meals. Those who wish to show their gratitude for veterans are invited to sponsor the cost of one or more meals, at $7.50 each, by calling 604-927-4386. Credit card payment will be required.

Letters of Remembrance: Similar to the Letters of Kindness program, submit a letter, poem or artwork to volunteers@coquitlam.ca to include in meal deliveries for veterans.
Place your poppy: Join in this campaign to display poppy images throughout the community to show gratitude for veterans, similar to the Hearts for Healthcare campaign. Look for the full-page ad with a large poppy in the Tri-City News on Nov. 5, or go to the Community Support section at www.coquitlam.ca/spirit to download a poppy image. Then post the image in your window or somewhere visible to others.

Messages of Remembrance and Veterans Way Display: Submit a message of remembrance to parkspark@coquitlam.ca to have City staff tie it to trees along Veterans Way in Blue Mountain Park. Veterans Way will also feature other elements developed over the years to commemorate Remembrance Day, including poppies painted on the grass, poppy flags created by residents and Coquitlam Remembers fence panels. Drive or walk through the display from Nov. 1 to 10.

Order a wreath: Wreaths in three sizes can be ordered from the Coquitlam Legion until Nov. 6, with the option of having it laid at the cenotaph on your behalf. Drop by the branch at 1025 Ridgeway Ave., call 604-937-0111 or email lgchapmanpoppychair@shaw.ca.

Donate to the poppy drive: This year the Coquitlam Legion’s annual poppy drive, its primary fundraiser for veteran supports, will include a drive-by poppy booth (there are also poppy masks available for $10)

Drive By Poppy Booth:
Date: November 7 & 8, 2020
Time: 11am – 3pm
Address: 1025 Ridgeway Avenue, Coquitlam

Langley:

City of Langley

Langley City will not be holding a public ceremony for Remembrance Day 2020 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic and the subsequent Provincial Public Health Order for Gatherings and Events. In place of the traditional live ceremony, Langley City is producing a pre-recorded rendition of the Remembrance Day Ceremony that will be shared with the community on November 11, 2020.

Township of Langley

Remembrance Day ceremonies are held throughout the Township each year, but this year they will look quite different due to COVID-19. In-person attendance at ceremonies is not permitted this year, except for those who are required to conduct the ceremony, but the Township of Langley Council encourages residents to watch the ceremonies live online.

Aldergrove Legion
Presented by Royal Canadian Legion Branch 265 at the Aldergrove Legion Cenotaph. In-person attendance is not permitted, but residents are encouraged to view the live ceremony at www.facebook.com/aldergrovelegion.

Fort Langley Cenotaph
Presented by the Fort Langley Remembrance Day Committee and the Fort Langley Lions Club at the Fort Langley Cenotaph. In-person attendance is not permitted, but residents are encouraged to view the live ceremony at www.fortlangleyremembers.com.

Murrayville
Presented by the Murrayville Cenotaph Remembrance Day Ceremony Organizing Committee at the Murrayville Cenotaph. In-person attendance is not permitted, but residents are encouraged to view the live ceremony at www.MurrayvilleRemembranceDay.ca.

Maple Ridge:

Remembrance Day 2020 will look different than in past years. The Royal Canadian Legion office is asking spectators to watch online ceremonies and to remember in place (from home). Maple Ridge Legion Branch #88 is developing an online, livestream presentation in place of Maple Ridge’s in-person parade and gathering in Memorial Peace Park. Changes to this year’s commemoration include:

  • No public event or veteran’s parade – please do not gather at Memorial Peace Park
  • Spectators are asked to “Remember in Place” by staying home and watching the livestream
  • Maple Ridge Legion Branch #88’s livestream ceremony starts at 10:45 AM
  • Help show your support to veterans by posting a poppy in your front window of your residence and post a photo to you social media channels using #RememberInPlace and/or #PoppyInTheWindow

The Maple Ridge Legion will host a livestream commemoration that can be viewed from this page and/or the following locations online starting at 10:45 AM.
Maple Ridge Branch #88
Branch #88’s Facebook
City of Maple Ridge’s Facebook
The National broadcast will be streamed on the Canadian Legion Facebook Page.

New Westminster:

New Westminster’s Remembrance Day ceremony will feature many of its traditional elements – minus the crowds – in 2020. The City of New Westminster, the Royal Canadian Legion and The Royal Westminster Regiment have been working together to develop COVID-friendly plans for this year’s ceremony. A virtual event will be live-streamed on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

The ceremony will include opening remarks from Mayor Jonathan Cote, a memorial address and two minutes of silence. The Royal Westminster Regiment Band will play The Last Post, two pipers will play Lament and students from a local school will recite In Flanders Fields. The singing of O Canada and God Save the Queen will be pre-recorded, as will the poetry reading.

While most of the components from the live ceremony are included in this year’s event, the parade from the regiment to the cenotaph in front of city hall won’t take place.

The Royal Canadian Legion, which raises funds through its annual poppy and wreath sales, has had to find new ways to get those items to the public. Wreaths are still available, but a group of youth has been designated to place youths at the cenotaph. Traditionally the individual who purchases the wreath, lays it at the cenotaph. However, this year there are six youth ambassadors who will be placing the wreaths on behalf of the purchasers. Anyone wishing to buy a wreath for the virtual ceremony can contact 604-524-1151 or rc12@shawcable.com.

COVID-19 has also impacted the local Legion’s annual poppy sales, which are often supported by cadets who sell poppies at locations around the city. The current plan will see Legion officials selling poppies outside Royal Square Mall and Westminster Centre in the days leading up to Remembrance Day.

Details about the virtual ceremony are being finalized, but it will be shown on the city’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Links will be posted on the city’s website at www.newwestcity.ca.

Pitt Meadows:

Due to Public Health Officer restrictions on gatherings, the City of Pitt Meadows will not host a public Remembrance Day ceremony this year. A ceremony will be live streamed on the City’s Facebook page on November 11 beginning at 10:45am.

The Legion will continue with their poppy campaign and poppies will be available to purchase by donation from City Hall starting November 2.

For those groups and families that have a wreath they would normally lay at the cenotaph on Remembrance Day, you may still do so with the following reminders: Please lay your wreath before 10am on November 11th, limit the number of family joining you, do not stay at the cenotaph longer than a few minutes, remember to stay at least 6 feet away from anyone else present and please pick up your wreath before end of the day.

If you would like to purchase a wreath please contact the Legion at legionoffice88@telus.net or 604.463.5101

Port Moody:

Due to COVID-19, Port Moody Legion Branch #119 has modified their annual Remembrance Day event. The public is welcome to stop by the cairn in front of the Port Moody Arts Centre anytime to pay their respects. You are encouraged to keep your distance from others and wear a face mask to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Wreaths are available for purchase here. A Legion members-only event has been organized. More information and to how to register can be found here.

Richmond:

This Remembrance Day, members of the public are encouraged to participate virtually in the online service to honour the individuals who gave their lives to serve and protect Canada. An online ceremony will be broadcast starting shortly after 10:30am on Wednesday, November 11.

Display this poster in your home and talk about what Remembrance Day means to you and our community. Honour and remember your friends, family and fellow citizens who have served or are serving. Thank those who are living for their service.

Surrey:

The annual ceremony at the cenotaph in Cloverdale will take place virtually this year. Tune in to Facebook Live to pay your respects.

Vancouver:

On Wednesday, November 11, the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Remembrance Day Committee will host a modified version of their annual Remembrance Day ceremony at Victory Square to honour Canada’s veterans, and to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. The City of Vancouver is asking people to #RememberInPlace safely at home, and to avoid Victory Square on November 11 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s ceremony will be broadcast live.

Although we do our best to provide you with accurate information, all event details are subject to change. Please contact the facility to avoid disappointment.

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  1. November 15, 2019