November provides an opportunity for a peaceful pause of remembrance before the rush of the holiday season. Across Tapestry, we participate in Remembrance Day ceremonies, including observing a moment of silence, to remember the brave Canadians who fought selflessly in defense of our democracy and freedom. Lest we forget.
There are many opportunities to observe Remembrance Day. Here are a few ideas perfect for adults of any age.
- UBC Remembers
The University of British Columbia has held a special Remembrance Day ceremony since the opening of its War Memorial Gym in 1951. UBC has proudly announced that its 68th annual service will be open to students, faculty and the community at large to honour all past and current members of the armed forces.
The ceremony begins at 10:45 a.m. on November 11, and it will include guest speakers, refreshments and a performance by the UBC Opera Ensemble.
- Japanese Canadian War Memorial
There will be a service in Stanley Park held at the Japanese Canadian Cenotaph beginning at 10:40 a.m. and lasting just under an hour. The park is breathtaking at this time of year, so it’s common for attendees to make a day of visiting Stanley Park and enjoying the fall foliage.
- Victory Square
The Victory Square event is one of the most memorable in Vancouver. The event begins at 9:45 a.m., and after the service is concluded, hundreds of uniformed veterans, cadets and officers will march in a parade. There will be performances by the Vancouver Bach Youth Choir, a 21-gun salute and a fly-by from the Royal Canadian Air Force. The ceremony generally lasts around 90 minutes, and once the parade concludes, there are usually a number of smaller events nearby so that guests can spend the entire day celebrating if they wish.
- Etobicoke Civic Centre – Cenotaph
Gather on November 11 at 10:45 a.m. to prepare for an 11 a.m. Remembrance Day Ceremony.
- Old City Hall – Toronto, Ontario.
Gather at the Cenotaph at 60 Queen Street West in Toronto. Plan for a 10:45 a.m. arrival to prepare for an 11 a.m. Remembrance Day Ceremony. The ceremony will feature The Great Book of Remembrance which includes the names of over 3,200 Toronto-based soldiers who died in service to our country during the First World War.