City Asks Residents to Honour Remembrance Day at Home

Due to Public Health Officer restrictions on gatherings, the City will not host a public Remembrance Day ceremony this year. A ceremony will be live streamed on the City’s Facebook page on November 11 beginning at 10:45 a.m.  For more information, please see the full media release here. 

Watch the Livestream Event

We know and appreciate that you want to honour the veterans, but for the sake of others - especially our veterans, please stay home. It is the act of remembrance itself that is important to continue. 

The Legion will continue with their poppy campaign and poppies will be available to purchase by donation from City Hall starting November 2. 

For those groups and families that have a wreath they would normally lay at the cenotaph on Remembrance Day, you may still do so with the following reminders:  Please lay your wreath before 10 a.m. on November 11, limit the number of family joining you, do not stay at the cenotaph longer than a few mintues, remember to stay at least 6 feet away from anyone else present and please pick up your wreath before end of the day. 

Staff will be present to ensure that everyone is following the health and safety procedures put into place by our Provincial Health Officer.

If you would like to purchase a wreath please contact the Legion at legionoffice88@telus.net or 604.463.5101

Click here to view more photos of the private Remembrance Day ceremony held earlier this month.

FAQ's

Remembrance Day - Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What is happening for Remembrance Day in Pitt Meadows?

Remembrance Day will look different than usual this year due to Covid-19.  The ceremony will be held online and will be available via livestream on the Legion Branch 88 Facebook page and here on the City of Pitt Meadows website.

  1. Can I still come to the Cenotaph even though there is no public, in-person event?

There will be no public ceremony at the Cenotaph on November 11. The Legion asks that you do not gather.

  1. Where is the Remembrance Day Ceremony in Pitt Meadows?

The Remembrance Day Ceremony is online only. The Remembrance Day Ceremony will not be held in-person at the Pitt Meadows cenotaph in 2020.

  1. Where can I watch the Remembrance Day Ceremony?

The Legion will host a livestream commemoration that can be viewed from the following locations online starting at 10:45 AM:

City of Pitt Meadows Website

Branch #88's Facebook

The National broadcast will be streamed on the Canadian Legion Facebook Page.

  1. Will Remembrance Day look the same as previous years?

Remembrance Day plans adhere to the Provincial Health order to restrict gatherings during the current pandemic:

  • No public event or veteran's parade - please do not gather at the Cenotaph
  • Spectators are asked to “Remember in Place” by staying home and watching the livestream
  • Legion Branch #88's livestream ceremony starts at 10:45 AM
  • Help show your support to veterans by posting a poppy in your front window of your residence and post a photo to you social media channels using #RememberInPlace and/or #PoppyInTheWindow
  1. What time is the ceremony at?

The Remembrance Day Ceremony starts at 10:45 AM online.

  1. Will there be a parade at this year’s Remembrance Day?

For the safety of veterans and community members, there will be no parade as part of this year’s event.

  1. Where can I purchase a poppy?

Poppies are available at local retail stores, including grocery stores, liquor stores and other establishments as well as City Hall in Pitt Meadows. Digital poppies are also available at https://www.mypoppy.ca/ and donations to the Legion can be made at https://legion.ca/donations.

  1. Can I lay a wreath at the Remembrance Day ceremony?

You may place a wreath at the cenotaph before 10am on November 11, but we ask that you do not linger or gather in groups. Physical distancing is required and masks are expected especially when physical distancing is not possible. Wreaths are to be removed by the respective residents and/or groups before the end of the day.

  1. Are there are any physical distancing requirements when Legion members place a wreath at the cenotaph?

The Legion requests that all members laying a wreath at the Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows cenotaphs maintain physical distance of 2 metres and wear a mask or face covering.  City staff will be at the cenotaph from 10:00am to 1:00 pm on November 11 to support those laying a wreath or paying their respects.

  1. Why do we wear a poppy on Remembrance Day?

The poppy is worn each year during the Remembrance period to honour Canada’s fallen.  The poppy was officially adopted as the Flower of Remembrance on July 5, 1921, and continues to be worn every year. Thanks to millions of Canadians each November who wear a poppy the memories of those who fell in battle remain strong.

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