The importance of Remembrance Day is instilled in Canadian youth at a young age. We learn about Canada’s role in the World Wars, why the date of November 11th is so important, and what the symbol of the red poppy is. As children, many of us took part in ceremonies at school as well as attended with our families, ones held within our communities. Every year on November 11th I would bundle myself up in coats, toques and mitts and head to our Civic Centre to listen to the stories, salute the Veterans and watch the parade of wreaths be laid. After the ceremony inside was over we would head outside to the cenotaph and watch the parade of which my Dad and brother, along with their scout group were often part of. We would stand in silence at eleven o’clock to remember those who have fought for our great nation.
I believe that it is just as important as ever to pay tribute to those we have lost over the years and those who have given themselves for our cause. Please take some time out of your day on November 11th and find a nearby ceremony, of which there are many in Langley to take part in. Below is a list of locations throughout the City & Township of Langley.
26607 Fraser Highway
– 10:25am Parade: Procession leaves the Sal-Mart Thrift Store parking lot at 3111 – 272 Street, heads south along 272 Street to Fraser Highway, then west to the Aldergrove Legion at 26607 Fraser Highway.
– 10:40am Service at Aldergrove Legion Cenotaph: Fraser Blues flypast, ceremony, followed by a potluck lunch and entertainment at the Legion.
20570 – 56 Avenue
– 10:25am Parade: Procession leaves the Langley Legion Branch at 20570 – 56 Avenue, heads down the laneway, then south on 206 Street to Douglas Crescent, to the cenotaph at Douglas Park.
– 11:00am Service at Langley City Cenotaph: Fraser Blues flypast, ceremony, and moment of silence.
Fort Langley Cemetery – Cenotaph
9045 Glover Road
– 10:20am Procession: Leaves the Fort Langley Community Hall at 9167 Glover Road, heads south on Glover Road to the Fort Langley Cemetery cenotaph.
– 10:40am Service at Fort Langley Cenotaph: Fraser Blues flypast, followed by refreshments at St. George’s Anglican Church Hall, 9160 Church Street and at St. Andrew’s United Church Hall, 9025 Glover Road.
Murrayville Cemetery – Cenotaph
21405 – 44 Avenue
– 11:00am: Although no formal service will be held, residents often gather at the cenotaph to pay their respects on Remembrance Day. The Murrayville and Fort Langley Cemeteries have twin cenotaphs that were erected in 1921. More than 500 veterans are buried in the two cemeteries.
Derek Doubleday Arboretum
Langley Youth For the Fallen: A Walk to Remember
21200 block of Fraser Highway
– 2:00pm Ceremony: Unveiling of a commemorative structure listing the names of the 158 Canadian soldiers who fell in Afghanistan, tree planting, Fraser Blues flypast. Band of the 15th Field Regiment Royal Canadian Artillery will perform as part of its “With Glowing Hearts” concert series.
A special thank you goes out to Kat Brackley who attended this year’s Remembrance Day Celebration in Douglas Park and offered the chance for us to share with you her beautiful photos of this important event. You can read her blog post here.