Friday is a day of reflection, when Canadians pause and remember the sacrifices made by men and women in the military, past and present, both here and around the world.
To honour all those who have served, and continue to serve, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, services are being held the morning of Nov. 11 in Langley City, Fort Langley, and Aldergrove.
Langley City’s Remembrance Day ceremony starts at roughly 10:25 a.m. with a parade and march to the Douglas Park cenotaph, 20550 Douglas Cres.
The procession leaves 20570 56 Ave., turns left into Salt Lane, crosses Fraser Highway, heads through McBurney Lane, and across Douglas Crescent to the cenotaph at Douglas Park.
The service starts before 11 a.m. and includes a Fraser Blues flypast, ceremony, singing of O Canada, and moment of silence.
The Fort Langley Remembrance Day ceremony happens at the cenotaph at the Fort Langley cemetery, and is a project of the Fort Langley Lions Club and Fort Langley Remembrance Day Committee.
It begins with a procession starting at 10:25 a.m., followed by the service at 10:40 a.m.
The procession begins at the west end of the Fort Langley cemetery, near the intersection of St. Andrew’s and Nash Streets and is led by a piper and a colour party, followed by members of the clergy, veterans, RCMP, Armed Forces cadets, fire department personnel, elected officials, Kwantlen elders, and members of the scouting and guiding movements.
All uniformed personnel are welcome join the procession.
The Fort Langley ceremony will include:
• the singing of O Canada;
• prayer led by Rev. Doug Smith;
• scripture readings by Rev. Kelly Duncan and Rev. Eileen Nurse;
• Taylor Carlson reciting In Flanders Fields;
• a Langley Township firefighter reciting An Honoured Son;
• RCMP Const. Natasha Sylka reciting For The Fallen;
• reflection/prayers by Rev. Dale Johnson;
• The sounding of the Last Post followed by two minutes of silence (during which time there will be a fly-past by the Fraser Blues vintage aircraft team);
• Flowers Of The Forest Lament;
• the singing of God Save The Queen;
• address by Rev. Lorin Bergen;
• Recitation of The Lord’s Prayer;
• honour song by Kwantlen First Nation Elders and drummers;
• Act Of Homage, laying of wreaths at the War Memorial;
• singing of Amazing Grace by Alexander Janzen and the Langley Community Chorus;
• benediction by Rev. Kelly Duncan, and
Immediately following this service, people are invited for refreshments at St George’s Church, (9160 Church St.), St. Andrew’s Church (9025 Glover Rd.), and Living Waters Church (9095 Glover Rd).
A 10:40 a.m. parade sees the procession leaving Old Yale Road onto 268 Street, then heads west on Fraser Highway to the Aldergrove Legion at 26607 Fraser Hwy.
The service starts at 10:50 a.m. at the Aldergrove Legion cenotaph and includes a Fraser Blues flypast, and ceremony, followed by potluck lunch and entertainment at the legion.
Murrayville cemetery cenotaph, 21405 44 Ave.
While there is no formal service, residents often gather at the cenotaph on Remembrance Day.
Murrayville and Fort Langley cemeteries have twin cenotaphs that were erected in 1921 and more than 500 veterans are buried in the two cemeteries.