It’s that time of year where men, women and children sport poppies on their clothing to pay tribute and remember the Canadian men and women who sacrificed their lives while protecting the freedoms of our country.
This Friday, November 11th, many of us will also attend Remembrance Day ceremonies in our communities where two minutes of silence is followed by the tradition of wreaths being laid at local war memorials. In some parts of the Fraser Valley there will be parades, followed by free activities for families.
Not sure which one to attend? We’ve got you covered!
Here are a handful of events happening for Remembrance Day 2016 in the Fraser Valley:
Surrey Remembers at the Surrey Museum & Surrey Archives
When: Friday, November 11, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (official ceremony at 10:25 a.m.)
Where: 17710 56A Avenue in Surrey.
Bring your family to take part in the annual Remembrance Day ceremony, hosted by the Royal Canadian Legion Cloverdale Branch #6, at the Cloverdale Cenotaph located next door to the Surrey Museum. After the ceremony, warm up in the Museum and Archives with activities, exhibits and demonstrations, including writing thank you cards to veterans; wartime documentary videos, photos and newspapers; children’s crafts and puzzles; visits to the Kids Gallery; and hot beverages and cookies. From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., join (by donation) Surrey’s Poet Laureate, Renee Sarojini Saklikar, and Sharanjit Sandhra of the Centre for Indo Canadian Studies in a unique talk and performance that brings the contribution of Canadian Sikhs in World War I to life.
Remembrance Day Family Event at Surrey Centre Cemetery
When: Friday, November 11, 10:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: 16671 Old McLellan Road in Surrey.
Join Cemetery Services and the Canadian Military Education Centre to remember, reflect and honour our veterans, both past and present. Ceremony start is 10:45 a.m., with two minutes of silence observed at 11 a.m., followed by a wreath laying. After the ceremony, poppies and Canadian flags will be available to place on the graves of over 500 veterans. Vintage WWII and onward military vehicles will be on site, along with military experts to answer visitor questions. Complimentary barbecue at noon.
Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Aldergrove Legion
The Aldergrove Remembrance Day parade and service takes place at the Aldergrove Legion cenotaph on Friday, Nov. 11.The parade begins at 10:40 a.m., leaving Old Yale Road onto 268 Street, then heads west on Fraser Hwy to the Aldergrove Legion at 26607 Fraser Hwy. After the parade, there is a 10:50 a.m. service at Aldergrove Legion Cenotaph — Fraser Blues flypast, ceremony, followed by potluck lunch and entertainment at the Legion.
When: Friday, November 11th, 10: 25 a.m.
Where: Langley Legion, 20681 56 Ave.
10:25am Parade – Procession leaves 20570 – 56 Avenue, turns left into Salt Lane, crosses over Fraser Highway, heads straight through McBurney Lane, and across Douglas Crescent to the cenotaph at Douglas Park
11:00am Service at Langley City Cenotaph – Fraser Blues flypast, ceremony, and moment of silence.
Abbotsford Rememberance Day Parade
Join in commemorating Canada’s National Remembrance Day with a parade at the Civic Plaza, 32315 South Fraser Way. See more Abby events above.
When: Friday, November 11th, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Civic Plaza, 32315 South Fraser Way
Is there an event we missed? Let us know and we’ll be happy to add it to this roundup. I’m not quite sure where my clan will be November 11th, but I do know that we’ll likely pay a visit to my grandpa’s retirement community. He’s 93 and has lots of great stories about the war.
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