11/10/2013 07:56 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST

Remembrance Day Events In B.C.'s Lower Mainland

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Remembrance Day events across B.C.'s Lower Mainland on Monday will commemorate the memory of the thousands of men and women who have sacrificed their lives in military service.

North Vancouver Remembrance Day Parade

- When: Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 at 9:20 a.m. PT

- Where: Begins at the Armoury at 15th Street and Forbes Avenue, ends at Victoria Park Cenotaph on the 100 block of East Keith Road.

North Vancouver's Remembrance Day Parade is thought to be the largest such parade in Canada, outside Ottawa, and is now attended by thousands of people who come to pay tribute to the country's fallen troops.

Parade organizers also say 122 Mounties will be taking part this year - the second largest contingent in the country.

The parade will begin at 9:20 a.m. PT at the Armoury at 15th Street and Forbes Avenue, where a pipe band will march the route east up 15th Street, across Lonsdale Avenue, then south on St. Georges Avenue to the RCMP Detachment at 14th Street.

The band will be joined by Mounties and continue south to 13th Street where the fire department will also join them.

At 9:55 a.m. PT​, the parade will head south to the assembly point at the corner of East Keith Road and St. Georges Avenue. Ceremonies are expected to end at approximately 11:30 a.m. PT.

New Westminster Remembrance Day Ceremonies

- When: Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. PT

- Where: The Royal Westminster Regiment Armoury and Queens Avenue United Church, opposite each other on Queens Avenue near 6th Street

A memorial address will be delivered by Brigadier-General R.R.E. MacKenzie, CD at the Armoury ceremony, after which there will be a parade from the Armoury to the Cenotaph in front of City Hall.

Two minutes of silence will be observed at 11:00 a.m. PT​, followed by a wreath laying ceremony and a march past on Royal Avenue.

Anyone wishing to take part should assemble at the Armoury or the church by 9:30 a.m. PT. The doors to the armoury will be closed at 9:45 a.m. PT. 

Both sites are wheelchair and stroller friendly and both sites accept people wishing to attend with sight assistant dogs.

Victory Square Remembrance Day Ceremony and Parade

- When: Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. PT

- Where: Cenotaph at Victory Square on Hastings Street at Cambie Street in Vancouver

The event will open with a performance by the Vancouver Bach Youth Choir and Sarabande.

While the choir are performing, the all-Cadet Vancouver Flag Party will lead a parade of veterans, military marching units and bands to Victory Square, arriving before the ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. PT​.

The Last Post will be sounded at 11:00 a.m. PT, and there will be two minutes of silence, during which a 21-gun salute by the 15th Field Artillery Regiment will be heard from Portside Park. The playing of the Rouse and Lament will follow.

The Royal Canadian Air Force will conduct a flypast and In Flanders Fields will be sung by the choir, before wreaths are placed at the Cenotaph.

Cauldron Lighting in Downtown Vancouver

- When: Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. PT

- Where: Jack Poole Plaza, Vancouver Convention Centre, Canada Place

Remembrance Day in Vancouver begins with a brief generation-to-generation ceremony and the lighting of the cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza.

As the cauldron comes to life, a senior veteran will handover Canada's flag to a member of the next generation of veterans, acknowledging the continuing service and loyalty of Canadians from generation to generation.

Regimental units taking part include 50 members of the 39th Canadian Brigade and HMCS Discovery. RCMP officers will also stand as sentries, while the all-Cadet Vancouver Flag Party marches in.

The Last Post and Reveille will be sounded by Flight Sergeant Tony Zhao of the Pegasus Air Cadet Squadron 111. The Lament will be piped by Pipe Major Alistair Pattison of the BC Regiment Pipes and Drums.

The cauldron will be extinguished at 11:00 a.m. PT, coinciding with two minutes of silence at Victory Square.

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