Remembrance Day

Every November 11th , Canadians across the country pause in a silent moment of remembrance for the men and women who served our country during wartime.

We honour those who fought for Canada – in the First World War (1914-1918), the Second World War (1939-1945) and the Korean War (1950-1953). More than 1,500,000 Canadians served overseas – more than 100,000 died.

They gave their lives and their future so that we may live in peace.

They shall grow not old; as we who 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.

Remembrance Day Service

November 11th
9:30 am – 10:30 am

Location:
Wilson Centre
2150 Wilson Avenue

This is an indoor service and there is seating available.

Following the Wilson Centre Service, veterans and members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #133 will lead a parade from the Wilson Centre along Wilson Avenue to Shaughnessy Street to the Cenotaph services at Veterans Park.

Cenotaph Remembrance Service

November 11th
11:00 am

Location:
Veterans Park
2580 Shaughnessy Street

This is an outdoor service. Seating is limited and reserved for the veterans in attendance. Those attending the Cenotaph Remembrance Day Service are encouraged to dress warmly and to bring an umbrella in the event of rain.

Port Coquitlam’s Remembrance Day services are sponsored by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #133. The Royal Canadian Legion is the largest veteran-based community service organization in Canada and is dedicated to the perpetuation of remembrance of those who served and died in the service of our country and in the care of those who have survived.

Veterans Park Dedication

In honour of the Year of the Veteran, the park in front of City Hall was renamed Veterans Park in 2005.

“It’s no coincidence that this permanent tribute to our veterans will be in such a high-profile location – right in front of City Hall,” Port Coquitlam Mayor Scott Young said. “We wanted Veterans Park to be front and centre in our community, to serve as a constant reminder of our veterans’ honour, valour and sacrifice.”

Mayor Young met with members of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 133 in the summer of 2005 to determine a fitting way for Port Coquitlam to celebrate the Year of the Veteran, which marked the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. The resulting proposal to dedicate Veterans Park was unanimously supported by City Council.

“All the veterans I’ve spoken to are excited about it. They think it’s outstanding,” Branch 133 President RJ Kent said. “The Royal Canadian Legion and our veterans, in conjunction with City Hall, are ecstatic about the dedication of the park. On behalf of the veterans, I’d like to thank the Mayor, the Councillors and City Hall for making this effort and this gesture in the Year of the Veteran.”

Veterans Park is already home to Port Coquitlam’s cenotaph and as such, plays host to part of the City’s annual Remembrance Day ceremonies. Its beautiful landscaping and Shaughnessy Street location also makes it a popular respite for people shopping or doing business in the downtown area.

“It pleases me greatly to know that with the dedication of Veterans Park today, generations to come will have a place in our downtown to sit quietly and reflect on what our veterans did for this country and for all of us,” Mayor Young said.

A dedication plaque has been installed in Veterans Park to commemorate the dedication and the Year of the Veteran. As well, the park’s new name has been added to the brick-and-concrete archways at its three entrances.

Road Closures and Parking

Please note that there will be road closures in effect from 8 am until noon. Single Lane closure 2100 – 2200 block Wilson, 2500 block Shaughnessy and the 2200 block of McAllister.

Parking can only be accessed off of Kingsway Avenue.

For more information on Port Coquitlam’s Remembrance Day Services and/or the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #133, contact 604.942.8911.