SURREY — Several Remembrance Day events are planned in Surrey on the morning of Saturday, Nov. 11.
The city’s largest event is called Surrey Remembers, held at the Cloverdale Cenotaph (17671 56 Ave.) starting at 10:25 a.m. Event attendees are invited to “warm up” inside the adjacent Surrey Archives building, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., for refreshments, crafts, wartime displays and the opportunity to write postcards for war veterans. The ceremony, organized by Cloverdale Legion, will be live-streamed on Heritage Surrey’s Facebook page.
In Whalley, the branch of Royal Canadian Legion hosts an annual ceremony at 13525 106th Ave., with parade assembly at 10 a.m. and a march to the cenotaph starting at 10:25. “Refreshments and snacks for the public and youth following the service,” says a post at legionbcyukon.ca. “The branch lounge will be open following the service for members and guests.”
A “Remembrance Day Family Event” at Surrey Centre Cemetery (16671 Old McLellan Rd.) begins at 10:45 a.m. “Poppies and Canadian flags will be provided for you to place on the graves of over 500 Veterans,” according to a post at surrey.ca. “We’ll have vintage WWII and onward military vehicles, and military experts will be present to answer questions. This year’s event is made even more special due to the recent planting of an oak sapling that was planted to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the battle. The oak sapling is descended from an oak tree destroyed during the battle of Vimy Ridge.”
In South Surrey, a mostly indoor ceremony is planned at Crescent Legion (2643 128th St.). “There will be CCTV coverage of the cenotaph to allow those in the back to see the laying of the wreaths, which includes a wreath laying by a Silver Star mother.”