Remembrance in Vancouver


Sunday, November 11th, 2007 — 12:05am PST
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John and I are headed to the Island for a quick trip with my sister’s family. Since the Ghostly Walks in Victoria are only on Saturday nights, we may partake in our own creepy after-dark tour, finding the apparition of Robert Service above the “Seeing is Believing” store all by ourselves (oooohhhhhh!).

We’re leaving super early so I’ve timed this post, writing it on Saturday night. If you’re in town Sunday here’s a list of services around Metro Vancouver for Remembrance Day.

Source – News1130:

  • Vancouver, Cenotaph Victory Square: 10:30am – Google Map
  • Vancouver, Memorial Park South, East 41st Avenue and Prince Albert Street: 11am – Google Map
  • Vancouver, Cenotaph Grandview Park: 11am – Google Map
  • Vancouver, Japanese War Memorial, Stanley Park: 11am – Google Map

  • Photo credit: Darren Barefoot on Flickr
  • North Vancouver, Cenotaph Victoria Park: 10am – Google Map
  • Richmond, Cenotaph City Hall, Number 3 Road: 10:40am – Google Map
  • Burnaby, Cenotaph Confederation Park: 10:45am – Google Map
  • Burnaby, Cenotaph Bonsor Park: 10:45am – Google Map
  • Surrey, Cenotaph Surrey Museum: 11am – Google Map
  • Coquitlam, Cenotaph Blue Mountain: 11am – Google Map
  • I also know it’s cliche, but for an occasion of solemn remembrance and reflection I feel I can’t express myself adequately enough, so here are some familiar words:

    In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.
    — John McCrae

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    3 comments

    1. Darren says:

      I followed a link back to this page, and was like “huh, that’s not my photo.” Then I thought about it for a while, and eventually remembered where I took it in France.

    2. Nice work posting McCrae’s poem. Sure, it’s a cliche, but I still think it ought to be mandatory for Canadian bloggers to post In Flanders Fields. Cheers!

    3. Two months ago, me and my wife visited the Tyne Cot cemetery, which is the largest cemetery for Commonwealth forces in the world, for any war. Very striking if you see how many people died here in Flanders… My wife did a blog post about the trip which you can find here: http://blog.taeleman.com/2007/09/11/flanders-fields-tyne-cot-cemetery.

      Greetings from Flanders.

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