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Vancouver remembers fallen Canadians, end of WWI

Last Updated Nov 11, 2018 at 8:00 pm PDT

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Metro Vancouverites gather today all over the region to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end to the First World War, and to honour those who died not only in “The Great War,” but also in all Canadian wars since.

The crowd around the memorial cenotaph at Victory Square at the corner of Cambie and Hastings Streets has been gathering since the morning and many onlookers say they feel duty bound to take the time to reflect what Remembrance Day symbolizes.

“It’s important to come out and think about it as something that, personally, I go through the rest of the year thinking about infrequently, so I think it’s really important that we continue to take this time,” one attendee says.

Others are remembering family members who served.

“My father is Ernest Howard Pearson and we don’t know what exact regiment he was in, but he could have been with the Seaforth Highlanders. He didn’t speak much about it. It might have been a story about being dishonourably discharged because struck an officer,” one man recounts.

“So I have an uncle who served in World War Two in special forces here in Canada, so we come here,” recalls another man about his three family members. “He used to help with the wreath laying, but we’ve always been honoured by his service”

Today’s ceremony included Bard on the Beach artistic director Christopher Gaze reading The Impossible Dream and a local grade six student delivering her poem called One Poppy Left.

But Victory Square was not the only Remembrance Day event in the city. Ceremonies are also held at Memorial Park, Vancouver International Airport and in Surrey.