Surrey community in remembrance of veterans
Today, residents of Surrey came together in a show of solidarity to commemorate the valiant individuals who gave their lives in service to Canada during Remembrance Day ceremonies held across the city.
Surrey, B.C. – Today, residents of Surrey came together in a show of solidarity to commemorate the valiant individuals who gave their lives in service to Canada during Remembrance Day ceremonies held across the city.
“It was my privilege to stand with fellow Canadians to pay tribute to the bravery, service, and sacrifices of those who have served our country,” said Mayor Brenda Locke. “It is important that we reflect and honour our veterans who served courageously to keep us safe and who gave their lives in service of Canada. Our veterans and their families will forever have our heartfelt thanks and gratitude.”
The largest ceremony was held at Veteran’s Square in Cloverdale, where a solemn procession, the laying of wreaths, and a poignant two-minute silence at 11 a.m. were observed. A recording of the livestreamed event is available on the City of Surrey’s Heritage Services Facebook page. Ceremonies also took place at Surrey Centre Cemetery, the Whalley Cenotaph, and the Royal Canadian Legion, Crescent Branch.
According to the Canadian War Memorial website, Remembrance Day, originally called Armistice Day, is observed by Canadians every November 11 at 11 a.m. It marks the end of hostilities during the First World War and an opportunity to reflect on the services of all those who have defended the nation. Remembrance Day ceremonies typically take place at community cenotaphs and war memorials, or sometimes at schools or in other public places. Two minutes of silence, the playing of the Last Post, the recitation of In Flanders Fields, and the wearing of poppies have become associated with the ceremony.