Every November 11, 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
This Remembrance Day, The Port Coquitlam Royal Canadian Legion Branch 133 will hold its annual Remembrance Day service to honour veterans.
Date: November 11, 2022
Time: 10am parade & service, 11am laying of wreaths
Location: Veterans Park
If you are unable to attend in person, you can watch the Facebook Livestream of the event here.
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.
Poppies are now available at City Hall by donation, supporting Legion Branch 133. Residents may then place a poppy on the cenotaph at Veterans Park.
Road Closures & Traffic Information
Road closures will be in effect on Fri. Nov. 11 from 8 am to 1 pm:
- Shaughnessy St. from Wilson Ave. to Elgin Ave.
- Leigh Square Pl. east of Shaughnessy St.
- Donald St. from Wilson Ave. to McAllister Ave.
- McAllister Ave. east of Shaughnessy St. to Mary Hill Rd.
- Wilson Ave. open both ways at Shaughnessy St., Mary Hill Rd. and Maple St.
- Mary Hill Rd. open from Kingsway Ave. to Wilson Ave.
- Maple St. open from Kingsway Ave. to Wilson Ave.
- Kingsway Ave. open – Mary Hill Rd. to Maple St.
- Shaughnessy Underpass (southbound) open to Elgin Ave. West.
- Access to Marpole Ave. Whyte Ave., McAllister Ave. and Elgin Ave. via Maple St.
We apologize for the inconvenience. All businesses will be open.
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.
Event Coordinator & Community Liaison