How to Pay Your Respects this Remembrance Day


Although a day off is always nice, Remembrance Day is one holiday we should never take for granted. It is a day to honour the sacrifice of the brave individuals who have lost their lives wearing the Canadian flag, and those who continue to fight for us today. Normally we could head to a local Cenotaph to honour our fallen soldiers, but this year, health officials have asked us to “Remember in Place”. Here's how to pay your respects from home:

1. City of Vancouver

The event usually takes place at Victory Square but has been modified for 2020. Victory Square will be closed on Remembrance Day for the public's safety.

2. UBC Ceremony

Since the opening of the War Memorial Gym in 1951, UBC has hosted an annual Remembrance Day ceremony. This year, the virtual event will feature short readings, special guests, and musical performances by the UBC School of Music.


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3. City of White Rock

White Rock will be hosting a virtual Remembrance Day ceremony. The incomparable Mark Donnely will sing the national anthem for the event. Use the hashtag, #WhiteRockRemembers, to post a tribute while watching the event.


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4. City of Surrey

The event normally looks as pictured below from 2019. This year’s event will aim to replicate the beautiful ceremony in a virtual observance of local and national sacrifice.


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5. City of Delta

Delta will also host a pre-recorded virtual commemoration on November 11th.


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All events will commence shortly before 11am on November 11th, 2020. Although Remembrance Day looks different this year, the importance of the day remains. Lest we Forget.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
We will remember them.

- For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon