Remembrance Day

Gene Cordoni shared a photo he took recently along a section of the dike in Pitt Polder that’s only accessible for truckers going into Lafarge Pitt River Quarry. “Not everyone gets to see this view,” he said. (Special to The News)

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  • Nov 14, 2022

 

Friday, Nov. 11, hundreds and hundreds gathered around the cenotaph in Pitt Meadows to pay tribute to the veterans – present and past – who have sacrificed for this country’s freedom. There is now a sea of red between the wreaths and poppies left behind. However, Pitt Meadows’ David Weir caught nature’s colourful November display a few days ahead of the service. (Special to The News)

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  • Nov 13, 2022

 

A local woman said she buys a poppy every year to honour her three grandparents who served in the Second World War and her friends who have served overseas. (Brandon Tucker/The News)

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  • Nov 12, 2022

 

A portrait of Corp. Francis Pegahmagabow, who was the most highly decorated Indigenous Canadian from the First World War, sits on the cenotaph in Maple Ridge. The portrait was brought to the ceremony by Pegahmagabow’s proud grandson Terry. Hundreds turned out for the Remembrance Day ceremony at the cenotaph in Memorial Peace Park, downtown Maple Ridge on Friday, Nov. 11. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)

VIDEO: Proud grandson brings war hero’s portrait to Maple Ridge Remembrance Day ceremony

Hundreds attended the ceremony at the cenotaph in Memorial Peace Park

A portrait of Corp. Francis Pegahmagabow, who was the most highly decorated Indigenous Canadian from the First World War, sits on the cenotaph in Maple Ridge. The portrait was brought to the ceremony by Pegahmagabow’s proud grandson Terry. Hundreds turned out for the Remembrance Day ceremony at the cenotaph in Memorial Peace Park, downtown Maple Ridge on Friday, Nov. 11. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)
Locals of all ages gathered at the Spirit Square cenotaph to lay down poppies and wreaths as part of the Pitt Meadows Remembrance Day ceremony. (Brandon Tucker/The News)

Hundreds of Pitt Meadows residents attend the Remembrance Day ceremony

Spirit Square was filled with dignitaries, veterans, and members of other local groups

Locals of all ages gathered at the Spirit Square cenotaph to lay down poppies and wreaths as part of the Pitt Meadows Remembrance Day ceremony. (Brandon Tucker/The News)
John Swityk at age 97 in 2018 at a Langley Remembrance Day event. The D-Day veteran turned 100 last year. (Langley Advance Times files)

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John Swityk at age 97 in 2018 at a Langley Remembrance Day event. The D-Day veteran turned 100 last year. (Langley Advance Times files)
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A few businesses and organizations in town offer freebies for veterans on Remembrance Day, as a way to say thanks for their service. (Black Press Media)

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Tim Hortons offers complimentary hot beverages, TransLink provides transit, Mobil1 gives oil changes

A few businesses and organizations in town offer freebies for veterans on Remembrance Day, as a way to say thanks for their service. (Black Press Media)
Police escort a protester who interrupted the Victoria Remembrance Day ceremony from the area. (Hollie Ferguson/Victoria News Staff)

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Police escort a protester who interrupted the Victoria Remembrance Day ceremony from the area. (Hollie Ferguson/Victoria News Staff)
A poppy is placed on the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier following a Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Monday Nov. 11, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

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A poppy is placed on the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier following a Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Monday Nov. 11, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Veteran Stephen LaSalle is shown in Ottawa, on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. When LaSalle first injured his foot in a military training exercise, he had only heard the stories about what it was like to deal with Veterans Affairs Canada. Five years later, the reservist naval lieutenant can talk about the experience firsthand. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

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Veteran Stephen LaSalle is shown in Ottawa, on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. When LaSalle first injured his foot in a military training exercise, he had only heard the stories about what it was like to deal with Veterans Affairs Canada. Five years later, the reservist naval lieutenant can talk about the experience firsthand. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
People lay poppies on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Memorial after the National Remembrance Day Ceremony in Ottawa, on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

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People lay poppies on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Memorial after the National Remembrance Day Ceremony in Ottawa, on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
People place thousands of Canadian flags and Indigenous flags are planted for Remembrance Day at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

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People place thousands of Canadian flags and Indigenous flags are planted for Remembrance Day at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Gord Sherritt during deployment in Cyprus in 1965. (Special to The News)

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Gord Sherritt during deployment in Cyprus in 1965. (Special to The News)
Steve Pederson stands guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Confederation Square, in Ottawa. Pederson recently completed his seven-week sentry duty. Photo supplied

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Steve Pederson stands guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Confederation Square, in Ottawa. Pederson recently completed his seven-week sentry duty. Photo supplied
Joe and Kathy Fetters stand next to the photograph enlarger Joe’s father Joe Fetters used while stationed at Pearl Harbour during the Second World War. Joe and Kathy donated it and copies of some photographs his father took while in Pearl Harbour. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

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Joe and Kathy Fetters stand next to the photograph enlarger Joe’s father Joe Fetters used while stationed at Pearl Harbour during the Second World War. Joe and Kathy donated it and copies of some photographs his father took while in Pearl Harbour. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Placing coins on gravestones is a practice that is believed to have started during the Vietnam War. (Black Press Media file photo)

Coins on tombstones, an American tradition that has gradually taken root in Canada

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  • Nov 11, 2022
Placing coins on gravestones is a practice that is believed to have started during the Vietnam War. (Black Press Media file photo)
The 2021 ceremony at the Royal Canadian Legion Maple Ridge branch was limited to much lower attendance due to COVID restrictions. (The News)

Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows offer several options for paying respects on Nov. 11

There are Remembrance Day services happening in multiple communities

The 2021 ceremony at the Royal Canadian Legion Maple Ridge branch was limited to much lower attendance due to COVID restrictions. (The News)
Canadian soldiers patrol an area in the Dand district of southern Afghanistan on Sunday, June 7, 2009. The federal government is hoping to have locked down a new location for a promised national memorial to the war in Afghanistan after the Canadian War Museum opposed a previous proposal, leaving the project in limbo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel

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Canadian soldiers patrol an area in the Dand district of southern Afghanistan on Sunday, June 7, 2009. The federal government is hoping to have locked down a new location for a promised national memorial to the war in Afghanistan after the Canadian War Museum opposed a previous proposal, leaving the project in limbo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel
Students at Golden Ears Elementary sing O’Canada at the beginning of a Remembrance Day assembly Wednesday morning. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)

Indigenous veterans honoured at Maple Ridge school for Remembrance Day

Other schools across the district observed Remembrance Day at special assemblies this week

Students at Golden Ears Elementary sing O’Canada at the beginning of a Remembrance Day assembly Wednesday morning. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)