Remembrance Day was yesterday and it started off in Vancouver with a brief ceremony at the Jack Poole Plaza by the conference centre. This is their 3rd year doing this and I hope that they continue doing it. It was small but special. The ceremony started just after 8 am and included a sentries, Vancouver flag party, honour guard, flag of Canada, lighting of the cauldron, last post, minute of silence, lament, reveille, departure and conclusion.
Even though I was frozen and sick, I’m glad I went. There was a flag ceremony that was a handover of the Canadian flag to the younger generation from a senior veteran. Once the flag was given, the cauldron was lit. It wasn’t busy but seeing people come out to pay respect to those who have served and are continuing to serve is critical. I believe it’s important that we take care of people who serve and make sure they have any support they need.
The cauldron was to stayed lit until 11am when the two minute of silence started on Victory Square. It’s a ceremony you can attend before attending the other ones that start later in the morning. Veterans Canada has a link for all the events going on across Canada on Remembrance Day. I’m going to continue to go to this one.