Coquitlam’s traditional Remembrance Day ceremony and parade, hosted by the Coquitlam Royal Canadian Legion Branch 263, will be held on November 11 at 11 a.m. and anyone wishing to pay their respects is welcome. The parade will begin at Como Lake Middle School (1121 King Albert Avenue) at approximately 10:15 a.m. and will continue with a ceremony at the Blue Mountain Park Cenotaph (975 King Albert Street) starting at approximately 10:30 a.m.
Honouring Veterans in Meaningful Ways
Residents are encouraged to show their respect for veterans who have served our nation in times of war and military conflict. The Park Spark Coquitlam Remembers program provides a variety of ways for the community to recognize their achievements and sacrifices :
Poppy Painting and Messages of Remembrance along Veteran's Way: Stop by Blue Mountain Park (975 King Albert Avenue) to paint a large poppy on the grass along Veteran’s Way as part of a temporary display. While you are there, write a message of remembrance and tie it to a tree with yellow ribbon. The messages are kept on the trees until November 18 at which point they will be transcribed and forwarded to Canadian veteran groups. Participation takes place daily starting on Sunday, November 5 until Thursday, November 9 from noon to 4:30 p.m.
Poppy Painting at Spirit Square: Join us at Spirit Square on Burlington Drive, across the street from Coquitlam City Hall, on Thursday, November 9 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. to add your painted poppy to the temporary outdoor display.
Veteran Experiences – Indigenous and Racialized Communities
November 8 is National Indigenous Veterans Day in Canada and honours the many First Nations, Inuit and Métis soldiers, and their contributions and sacrifices to military service.
Many Indigenous Peoples and racialized people proudly served in uniform despite facing discrimination and racism. During the First World War, more than 4,000 Indigenous soldiers served in uniform and in the Second World War more than 3,000 First Nations members, as well as an unknown number of Métis, Inuit and other Indigenous recruits, served. The call for military service was answered once more during the Korean War (1950-53).
First commemorated in 1994, National Indigenous Veterans Day invites Canadians to better understand the role Indigenous veterans have played in Canadian history and honour their sacrifices.
The City commemorates the lives of fallen Coquitlam soldiers on rolls of honour on the second floor of City Hall, and at the cenotaph at Blue Mountain Park, open year-round. Those who wish to visit the cenotaph for a moment of silence or to lay a wreath to commemorate Remembrance Day are encouraged to do so before or after November 11 to help prevent gatherings.
Coquitlam continues to provide free parking in City lots and street parking spaces for those displaying a veteran’s licence plate, a tradition started in 2006. For information, visit the Parking Regulations section on our website.
Find other ways to honour veterans in meaningful ways this Remembrance Day here.