The City of Vancouver's 2006 Remembrance Day ceremonies will be held on:
Saturday, November 11, 2006 at 10:30 a.m.
Cenotaph at Victory Square
West Hastings Street, between Cambie and Hamilton
These ceremonies, which include a wreath laying to honour those who gave their lives in the service of our country, will mark the 61st anniversary of the end of World War Two, and the 88th anniversary of the First World War Armistice.
The prelude at the Cenotaph will begin at 10:10 a.m. with a performance by the Vancouver Bach Youth Choir. The official program begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by two minutes of silence at 11 a.m., and the placing of wreaths at the Cenotaph. A parade of veterans, ex-service personnel and the Canadian Armed Forces will then move west on Hastings Street and march past the saluting base at Seymour and Hastings, where the Premier of British Columbia, Gordon Campbell, will take the salute. On the platform with the Premier will be the Mayor of Vancouver, Sam Sullivan.
Weather permitting, there will be a commemorative fly-past at 11 a.m. by an Aurora aircraft of 422 Maritime Patrol Squadron, and small aircraft of the Recreational Aircraft Association and Western Warbirds.
Complete program details are available online at vancouver.ca/whatsnew.cfm There are also simultaneous Remembrance Day ceremonies taking place at several Vancouver parks, including Stanley Park's Japanese Memorial (west of Aquarium), Memorial Park South, and Grandview Park Cenotaph.
Sections of streets near Victory Square will be closed from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. This includes Pender, Cambie, Beatty, Georgia and Hamilton. Hastings will be closed from Cambie west to Seymour. There will also be small parades proceeding from John Oliver High School to Memorial Park, and along Commercial Drive from Napier Street to 6th Avenue.