Here are some ways for Burnaby residents to observe Remembrance Day. (Shutterstock)

Where and how to observe Remembrance Day in Burnaby

On November 11, take time to remember.

By Vikki Hui | November 9, 2021 |5:00 am

Every year on National Indigenous Veterans Day (Nov 8) and Remembrance Day (Nov 11), we pause to honour and remember those who have served and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict and peace. There will be no public ceremonies in Burnaby this year due to the ongoing pandemic, but we have put together a list of some activities you can participate in to pay your respects.

Remember in place – City of Burnaby

The city of Burnaby is not hosting an official Remembrance Day event this year. Instead, it is asking residents to Remember in Place and pause for quiet reflection wherever they may be on Nov 11 at 11 am. A reminder that Burnaby City Hall will be closed on Nov 11. City arts facilities will also be closed. Some recreation facilities will be open but please visit the facility’s web page to confirm.

Visiting the Cenotaph in Bonsor Park (South Burnaby)

The Burnaby Legion Branch 83 for South Burnaby will be having a small private ceremony with their legion’s colour party and a bagpiper. Attendance is restricted, but small parties are allowed to observe and pay their respects outside the taped area. Masks are mandatory and please adhere to COVID-19 protocols and keep a safe distance.

The Legion will be holding a reception after the ceremony and everyone is welcome to attend. Vaccine passports are mandatory.

Ceremony at the Cenotaph

  • Time: 10:45am to 11:15am
  • Location: Bonsor Park (Nelson and Imperial)

Reception

  • Time: After the ceremony ends at 11:15am
  • Location: Burnaby Legion 83 (5289 Grimmer St)

Visiting the Cenotaph in Confederation Park (North Burnaby)

There will not be a public ceremony held at the Cenotaph in Confederation Park this year, but the public is welcome to visit the Cenotaph to pay their respects. Please adhere to COVID-19 protocols.

Address: Confederation Park (250 Willingdon Ave)

Remember to wear a Poppy

Wearing a Poppy from now until Remembrance Day is also a simple gesture to show our respect for and recognition of veterans. Poppies are easily accessible all over Burnaby and at your local Legion branches. Check out this list of 2021 Poppy Campaign partners to find the poppies closest to you.

Visit the online Remembrance Day commemoration page

Take some time to share stories and learn more about individual veterans on this official commemoration page. 2021 is also the 100th anniversary of the poppy. Take time to learn more about the poppy’s important meaning here. 

Vikki Hui

Burnaby Beacon contributor

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