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On November 11th, Canadians across the country will mark Remembrance Day by attending ceremonies to pay their respects to active soldiers, veterans, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for their country.

Last year, Remembrance Day ceremonies were held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, many ceremonies have returned to normal with several also offering in-person and virtual options to help practice physical distancing measures and adhere to local health guidelines.

Here are places in and around Victoria where you can take part in Remembrance Day ceremonies on Thursday: 

Legislative Assembly of British Columbia

The annual Remembrance Day ceremony at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia will begin at 10:30 a.m. on November 11th. 

The ceremony is organized every year by a committee of local volunteers and legion members. 

  • Where: Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, Cenotaph, East Lawns and Driveway
  • When: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., November 11th

Esquimalt – Memorial Park Cenotaph

Esquimalt’s Remembrance Day ceremony includes a parade and a ceremony. 

The parade will begin at the Tudor House (located at Admirals and Esquimalt roads) and end at the Cenotaph in Memorial Park. 

Attendees will join members of the Royal Canadian Navy, Cadets, Royal Canadian Legion, Scouts Canada and the Royal New Zealand Navy in marking the day. 

  • Where: Tudor House to the Cenotaph in Memorial Park (1200 Esquimalt Road)
  • When: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., November 11th

Saanich – Municipal Hall Cenotaph

This year, the District of Saanich’s annual Remembrance Day Ceremony will remain virtual as the confined viewing area around the Saanich Cenotaph does not allow for proper physical distancing. No crowd will be present during the service.

A limited number of wreathes will be laid at designated times by various community groups.

The public is invited to watch the livestream of the ceremony on Saanich’s Facebook page. 

Oak Bay Cenotaph – War Memorial

The Oak Bay Remembrance Day Ceremony will be offering both an in-person and virtual service this year. 

Spectators are able to attend the ceremony at the Oak Bay Cenotaph, however ceremony organizers encouraged the public to watch the livestream virtually to assist with physical distancing and other local health guidelines.  

  • Where: Oak Bay Cenotaph or streamed virtually here
  • When: 10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., November 11th

Colwood – Royal Roads University

Royal Roads University will hold their annual Remembrance Day ceremony virtually again this year. 

Vancouver Island Ex-Cadet Club honours veterans and those who died in conflict in the service of Canada. 

Following the ceremony, viewers will have an opportunity to view a screening of the documentary ‘Remembering HMCS Athabaskan’, a War Heritage Research Initiative film produced by Professor Geoffrey Bird. 

  • Where: Virtual. You can view the service’s livestream here
  • When: 10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., November 11th

Metchosin- Remembrance Day Ceremony

This Remembrance Day, you can join the Juan de Fuca Scouts and Guides as they march from the Metchosin Fire Hall to the St. Mary the Virgin Heritage Church. 

Please note, Happy Valley Road will be closed to traffic at Rocky Point Road and Metchosin Road will be closed from Pears Road to Happy Valley Road during the ceremony. 

  • Where: St. Mary the Virgin Heritage Church, 4125 Metchosin Road
  • When: 10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., November 11th

Langford

A ceremony will be held at Veterans Memorial Park beginning at 10:30 a.m. Masks are strongly recommended. Following the service, the Langford Legion branch will be open for refreshments (full vaccination and picture ID are required for entry).

  • Where: Veterans Memorial Park, Corner of Veterans Memorial Parkway and Goldstream Avenue
  • When: 10:30 a.m., November 11th

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Central Saanich – Pioneer Park

The Central Saanich Remembrance Day ceremony will be offered as both an in-person and virtual service this year. 

  • Where: Pioneer Park and Virtual. You can view the service’s livestream here
  • When: 10:45 a.m., November 11th

Sidney – Cenotaph at the Town Hall

The annual Sidney Remembrance Day Parade is back however the ceremony will look a bit different this year. 

Rather than marching through town, the parade will be a static ceremony, with a reduced number of Veterans, Military personnel and more standing in front of the Cenotaph at Sidney Town Hall. 

Those participating in the ceremony will be standing six feet apart to practice physical distancing. 

Please note, Sidney Avenue, between Third and Fourth Street will be closed between 10 a.m. and noon. 

The service will also be able to be attended via livestream. 

  • Where: Cenotaph at Sidney Town Hall and Virtual. You can view the service’s livestream here
  • When: 10:45 a.m., November 11th

Sooke- Sooke Legion

This year, the Sooke Legion will be holding their Remembrance Day ceremony virtually. 

The virtual ceremony will include a salute for flag party, opening remarks and O’Canada, remembering past members, the two minute silence, Act of Remembrance, prayer laying of wreaths, Benediction and God Save the Queen. 

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