Lest We Forget

The first Remembrance Day was observed on November 11, 1931 to recall the end of the First World War in 1918. It formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month”.

Every year, Canadians gather in memorial parks, community halls, workplaces, schools, and homes to stand in honour of all who have fallen while serving our country. Together, we observe a moment of silence to mark their sacrifice and to acknowledge the courage of those who still serve.

To Canadians whose family members had served in our military, this day is sacred. Many families annually attend and participate in the annual Remembrance Day service at their local Royal Canadian Legion, parks, schools, or community centres.

Each November, volunteers come out to sell poppy pins that “bloom” on the lapels and collars of millions of Canadians. The significance of the poppy can be traced back to the 19th century, over 110 years before being adopted in Canada. Records indicated how thick poppies grew over the graves of soldiers in the area of Flanders, France. Fields that had been barren before battle exploded with blood-red flowers after the fighting ended.

Oakridge Centre recognizes this November 11th statutory holiday by opening for business at 11:15AM.

They shall grow not old, as we that 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.
We will remember them.


  • The Remembrance Day Ceremony and Parade will begin on Friday, November 11th at 10:00AM at the Victory Square Cenotaph on W. Hastings and Cambie St.
  • Memorial South Park Cenotaph on E. 41st Ave. and Windsor St. at 10:30AM
  • West Point Grey (3679 West Broadway) at 10:30AM
  • Vancouver Crab Park (149 E. Waterfront Rd.) at 10:30AM
  • Japanese Canadian War Memorial in Stanley Park at 10:40AM
  • Grandview Park (1200 block of Commercial Dr.) at 10:45AM
  • Chinatown Memorial on Keefer St. and Columbia St. at 12:30PM

Bonney Rempel                                                                                                                         A retail expert and a savvy shopper herself, with a keen eye on fashion and all things beauty – from her passion for flower gardening, to her savvy in skin care (she was an aesthetician before all, and it shows), so when it comes to getting and keeping a glow, she’s the one in the know.  Her fashion dictum is “There’s no such thing as being overdressed”.

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