B.C.’s premier is urging residents to watch Remembrance Day ceremonies online rather than attend events because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Premier John Horgan said the best way to honour those who served in wars is by staying home and tuning in to the live-streamed events.
“At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, British Columbians pause to reflect on the horror of wars, the lives lost and the sacrifices made by those who returned from battle with injuries, both visible and invisible,” Horgan said, in a statement Wednesday morning.
“Normally, we recognize this important day by gathering at cenotaphs and spending time with the veterans, armed forces members and merchant marines in our lives who have served our country. This year, the best way we can honour veterans is by attending virtual ceremonies and keeping ourselves and our community safe.”
Victory Square will be closed, with no public wreath-laying permitted, and there will be no parade or screens for viewing the ceremony on site.
A limited number of official wreaths will be placed. No other wreaths will be placed this year, and members of the public should not gather after the ceremony to place their poppy on the Cenotaph.
Other Metro Vancouver cities will also also be holding online ceremonies, for example Surrey’s event will be available on the City of Surrey’s Facebook page . Most parades are cancelled.
For a complete list of where to watch other Metro Vancouver ceremonies check out Postmedia’s Remembrance Day in Metro Vancouver: Where to watch ceremonies online.