Across the country people are attending Rememberance Day events, and observing a moment of silence in honour of the sacrifices of Canada’s veterans.
In Vancouver, the biggest event took place at the Victory Square Cenotaph, where veterans, military units and bands marched to Victory Square at 10 a.m., greeted by a massive crowd.
One of those veterans, 93-year-old Special Operations veteran Charles Lee, who served in WWII, has been to every ceremony since it first began in Vancouver 17 years ago.
“War, I don’t like it. No matter who wins, who lost, it still involves human beings. Somebody’s dying for it. Just because you killed the other guy and you could stand back, you’re lucky, you’re a hero,” he said. “Does that seem right? Somebody’s dying for it.”
He says remembering those who didn’t make it home is what’s important.
“It does mean a lot, and the real hero is the hero that passed. Those are the ones that should be remembered, not the live ones, it’s the dead ones that actually are the heroes,” he said.
At 11 a.m. this morning, the Last Post was sounded, followed by two minutes of silence, during which a 21-gun-salute was performed by the 15th Field Artillery Regiment at Portside Park.
After Lament and Rouse, the aircraft with the Royal Canadian Air Force conducted a fly-past.
The Bach Youth Choir and Sarabande performed In Flanders Fields for the crowd, while ceremonial wreaths were laid at the foot of the Cenotaph.
Veterans and service members then marched in the official parade west down Hastings street, and looping back up to Cambie.