Live: Vancouver Remembrance Day ceremony

The ceremony will be held largely again this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be streamed online on the City of Vancouver’s Facebook page.

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A Remembrance Day ceremony will be held at Vancouver’s Victory Square on Thursday, but people are being asked to stay home and watch it online again this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Vancouver’s flag is flown at half – mast to mark Remembrance Day and the 76th anniversary of the end of World War II.

In Vancouver, invited dignitaries gather in downtown Victory Square to place wreaths at the cenotape.

The ceremony will be streamed online on the City of Vancouver’s Facebook page.

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Some wreaths have been placed prior to the start of the ceremony by the Vancouver Poppy Fund to protect the elderly and health-impaired people attending the memorial service.

Residents are encouraged to attend the ceremony from home. The town reminds residents that the streets of Hastings, Pender, Hamilton and Cambie around Victory Square will be temporarily closed during the ceremony.

For more Remembrance Day events scheduled for Metro Vancouver, read Remembrance Day 2021: What’s Happening in Metro Vancouver.

The BC Center for Disease Control reminds people planning to attend a Remembrance Day ceremony in Metro Vancouver to check the regional COVID-19 guidelines and orders in areas where the transmission of the virus is higher. For example, Fraser Health has restrictions in place for Abbotsford, Agassiz, Chilliwack, Harrison Hot Springs, Hope and Mission. There are also additional restrictions in domestic and northern health regions.

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Premier John Horgan:

“British Colombians will mark this important day with virtual and personal ceremonies at the local cenotaph. We stand with veterans, members of the armed forces and merchant navies to honor those who risked their lives to protect ours and build a more peaceful one. The best way we can honor their victims is by doing everything we can to keep ourselves and others safe. “

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:

“They have defended our freedom. They have protected our values. They have kept us safe. And they have done so with courage and commitment. To those who served, those who made the ultimate sacrifice, and those who serve in day: thank you. “

Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh:

“We need to make sure Canada’s veterans and their families are well supported. For too long, the government has not met the needs of veterans, and this is reflected in the rise in homelessness and mental health challenges among those who have served their country. Veterans deserve more than empty promises. “

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