Remembrance Day is this Sunday and thousands of residents across Greater Victoria will mark the occasion by attending local ceremonies.
It’s a tradition that started 100 years ago. As a Commonwealth nation, Remembrance Day in Canada commemorates its members of the armed forces who served their country and those who have died in the line of duty. They have been memorialized on this date since 1918, signifying the end of the First World War.
Every year, the Town of Sidney and Saanich Peninsula residents come together to honour and pay tribute to our veterans and service members.
In Sidney, a parade of veterans will start at the Mary Winspear Centre, continue along Beacon Avenue, ending at the cenotaph at Sidney Town Hall. The Remembrance Day ceremony will begin at 10:50 a.m. at the cenotaph and will include a moment of silence at 11 a.m., a flypast and wreath laying.
The Town of Sidney will also be partaking in the Bells of Peace Commemorative Ceremony. A Royal Canadian Legion initiative, Bells of Peace is taking place across Canada. Starting in Newfoundland at sunset, a bell will ring 100 times to replicate the moment when church bells tolled throughout Europe to mark the end of the war, and will sound across the provinces. Join Town Crier Kenny Podmore at 4:30 p.m. at the cenotaph.
Other Remembrance Day ceremonies in Greater Victoria:
• City of Victoria Cenotaph, legislative assembly grounds, 501 Belleville St.
• Esquimalt Memorial Park Cenotaph, 1229 Esquimalt Rd.
• Ross Bay Cemetery, 1494 Fairfield Rd., Victoria
• Oak Bay Cenotaph, War Memorial, Uplands Park, Beach Drive
• Saanich Municipal Hall, 770 Vernon Ave.
• West Shore Cenotaph, Veterans Memorial Park, Goldstream Avenue at Veterans Memorial Parkway
• Sooke Royal Canadian Legion, 6726 Eustace Rd.
Organizers ask attendees to arrive early. Some roads will be temporarily closed to accommodate parade routes and crowds attending ceremonies.