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Mayor's Update: Remembrance Day Message from West Vancouver Council


Remembrance Day Message from West Vancouver Council

This year, due to COVID-19, a public Remembrance Day ceremony will not be held in West Vancouver. Many of the people who fought to defend our country, and protect the peace and freedom we have today, are most at risk from the pandemic.

We encourage residents to observe the two minutes of silence at 11 a.m., and explore ways to safely honour Canada’s veterans.

West Vancouver Memorial Library is open on November 11, from noon to 5 p.m. There will be screenings of “Research to Remember” interviews, an initiative that documents the experiences of soldiers and others who served during the wars. These interviews are also available to view online.

The library will also have Remembrance Day displays and other programming, including craft supplies in the Youth Department for families to create Valentine’s Day cards for veterans living in long-term care homes.

To learn more about Canada’s history, please visit the library’s Remembrance Day webpage to see suggested books for children and adults.

Other ways to remember and learn more:

  • Watch the pre-recorded Remembrance Day ceremony that took place in West Vancouver.

  • The Royal Canadian Legion ceremony will be livestreamed on its Facebook pageand on national news networks.

  • Watch the North Vancouver ceremony online on the North Shore Veterans Council website. The North Shore Veterans Council has asked that the public watch the ceremony from home this year, rather than attending in-person.

  • Visit the Canadian War Museum website to learn more about the men and women who served and sacrificed for the freedoms and peace we have today.

  • Indigenous peoples of Canada have a long and proud tradition of military service to our country. November 8 is National Aboriginal Veterans Day. Visit Veteran Affairs Canada to learn more.

  • Pick-up a copy of the November 10 edition of the North Shore News for a pull-out Remembrance Day poster to put in your window; and to learn more about the 100th anniversary of the Remembrance Poppy in Canada.

This Remembrance Day, on behalf of Council, I would like to thank you for honouring, in a safe way, the men and women who have served our country, and taking a moment to remember the sacrifices they have made. If you haven’t already done so, please consider making a donation to the West Vancouver Legion to support our veterans, by calling 604-922-3587 with your credit card number, or by delivering a cheque (in-person or by mail) to: 580 18th Street, West Vancouver, BC V7V 3V7.

Warm regards, Mayor Mary-Ann Booth

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