At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, many communities honour the tradition of Remembrance Day.
Every year on Nov. 11 Canadians pause in a silent moment of remembrance for the men and women who have served, and those who continue to serve, our country during times of war, conflict and peace. More than 1,500,000 Canadians have served our country in this way, and more than 100,000 have died.
Services abound around Greater Victoria on Nov. 11:
• Victoria will see the traditional services from 11 to noon at the cenotaph on legislative grounds.
• In Oak Bay the service will be held at the Oak Bay cenotaph in the 2900 block of Beach Drive at 10:55 a.m.
• Royal Roads University Remembrance Day ceremonies start at 10:40 a.m.
in the Italian Gardens, hosted by the Vancouver Island Ex-cadet Club.
Royal Roads was operated as a military college from 1940 to 1995.
Free parking in P3.
• The District of Saanich annual Remembrance Day ceremony starts at 10:45 a.m. at the cenotaph in front of municipal hall, 770 Vernon Ave.
• Central Saanich holds a short wreath-laying ceremony for the 11th hour at the municipal hall peacekeeping cenotaph, 1903 Mt. Newton X Rd.
• Metchosin welcomes uniformed personnel and residents to gather behind the fire hall, 4440 Happy Valley Rd., at 10:30 a.m. to march to St. Mary the Virgin Church at 10:45 a.m. for the Remembrance Day service. Procession will be led by members of the Victoria Police Pipe Band. Those attending are welcome to return to the Metchosin fire hall for refreshments provided by the 14th Juan de Fuca Scouts.
• Remembrance Day will also be honoured at the traditional time by the cenotaph at the centre of Langford’s Veteran’s Memorial Park near the intersection of the parkway and Goldstream Avenue.
• Esquimalt celebrates with an 11 a.m. service in Memorial Park. The Legion, Branch #172, 622 Admirals Rd. invites everyone back for an open house.
• In Sidney services are held at the cenotaph at municipal hall on Sidney Avenue. Enjoy a warm drink before and after the 11 a.m. service and visit the Memorial Park Remembers display in the Myfanwy Pavelic Gallery at the Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Ave.