Remembrance Day

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

Denomination of coin can show relationship to fallen soldier

  • 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)
Bugler Brian Parkinson played the <em>Last Pos</em>t at the Murrayville Remembrance Day ceremony in 2021. (Langley Advance Times files)

Langley home to several Remembrance Day services

Here’s details on the services in Aldergrove, Murrayville, Fort Langley, Langley City and east Surrey

  • Nov 11, 2022
Bugler Brian Parkinson played the <em>Last Pos</em>t at the Murrayville Remembrance Day ceremony in 2021. (Langley Advance Times files)
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
Seasonal supervisor Doug Grande was part of the team from Cobra Electric that installed Remembrance Day banners around Fort Langley recently. (Richard Jewer/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

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Veterans’ names and photos are on Remembrance Day banners put up around the village

  • Nov 10, 2022
Seasonal supervisor Doug Grande was part of the team from Cobra Electric that installed Remembrance Day banners around Fort Langley recently. (Richard Jewer/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
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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  • Nov 10, 2022
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)
A veteran posed for a picture by the Langley City cenotaph at the 2019 Remembrance Day service. (Langley Advance Times file)

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  • Nov 10, 2022
A veteran posed for a picture by the Langley City cenotaph at the 2019 Remembrance Day service. (Langley Advance Times file)
Organizers expect a big turnout, on the order of the record-setting 2019 Remembrance Day at the Fort Langley Cemetery, now that COVID restrictions have been lifted. (Langley Advance Times file)

Crowds expected at Fort Langley Remembrance Day

First in-person event since 2019 at village cemetery

Organizers expect a big turnout, on the order of the record-setting 2019 Remembrance Day at the Fort Langley Cemetery, now that COVID restrictions have been lifted. (Langley Advance Times file)
The Victoria Cross Medal belonging to Pte. James Peter Robertson is seen in an undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Tilston Memorial Collection of Canadian Military Medals, Canadian War Museum

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The Victoria Cross Medal belonging to Pte. James Peter Robertson is seen in an undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Tilston Memorial Collection of Canadian Military Medals, Canadian War Museum
Lucas Parks took part in the annual cleaning of veterans headstones at the Murrayville cemetery on Saturday, Nov. 5, to prepare for Remembrance Day, saying he thought it was a nice thing to do. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Lucas Parks took part in the annual cleaning of veterans headstones at the Murrayville cemetery on Saturday, Nov. 5, to prepare for Remembrance Day, saying he thought it was a nice thing to do. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
A veteran posed for a picture by the Langley City cenotaph at the 2019 Remembrance Day service. This year, the in-person ceremony will return. (Langley Advance Times file)
A veteran posed for a picture by the Langley City cenotaph at the 2019 Remembrance Day service. This year, the in-person ceremony will return. (Langley Advance Times file)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is accompanied by his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau as he places a wreath at the National War Memorial during the National Remembrance Day Ceremony in Ottawa, on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is accompanied by his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau as he places a wreath at the National War Memorial during the National Remembrance Day Ceremony in Ottawa, on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Cobra Electric’s Doug Grande and team rehung a series of Remembrance Day banners in front of the Fort Langley National Historic Site, and were moved to Google each veteran’s name to learn more about their sacrifices. (Richard Jewer/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Banners help localize significance of Remembrance Day

Pictorial tributes raised in Langley City and Fort Langley ahead of Nov. 11 services

Cobra Electric’s Doug Grande and team rehung a series of Remembrance Day banners in front of the Fort Langley National Historic Site, and were moved to Google each veteran’s name to learn more about their sacrifices. (Richard Jewer/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Chief Petty Officer First Class (retired) Jake McDavid stands in Ottawa, on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Veterans’ parade returns to national Remembrance Day after two-year hiatus

Parade was cancelled the past two years due to health concerns associated with the COVID-19

Chief Petty Officer First Class (retired) Jake McDavid stands in Ottawa, on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
A Red Ensign flag is seen in an undated handout photo. The 80th anniversary of ill-fated battle of Dieppe will be commemorated during this year’s national Remembrance Day ceremony with a mysterious flag that was supposedly carried into battle by a Canadian killed in the attack. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Canadian Legion

Mystery flag to mark 80th anniversary of disastrous Dieppe raid on Remembrance Day

Flag believed to have been held by one of hundreds who died that day in 1942

A Red Ensign flag is seen in an undated handout photo. The 80th anniversary of ill-fated battle of Dieppe will be commemorated during this year’s national Remembrance Day ceremony with a mysterious flag that was supposedly carried into battle by a Canadian killed in the attack. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Canadian Legion
Trumpeter Brian Parkinson is one of the cofounders of the Remembrance Day services at Murrayville Cemetery that attracts a few hundred to pay their respects on Nov. 11. (Langley Advance Times files)

Sixth annual Murrayville Remembrance Day services growing

Event takes place at a Langley cenotaph erected after First World War

  • Nov 5, 2022
Trumpeter Brian Parkinson is one of the cofounders of the Remembrance Day services at Murrayville Cemetery that attracts a few hundred to pay their respects on Nov. 11. (Langley Advance Times files)
The Royal Canadian Legion’s Aldergrove branch, like many, held a virtual Remembrance Day service in 2021. Their events were livestreamed on Facebook. (Special to The Star)
The Royal Canadian Legion’s Aldergrove branch, like many, held a virtual Remembrance Day service in 2021. Their events were livestreamed on Facebook. (Special to The Star)
Murray Bradshaw was a young man when he chose to enlist in the U.S. armed forces. He found himself in an armoured cavalry unit – a tank unit – in Vietnam. (Murray Bradshaw/Special to the Langley Advance Times)

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Murray Bradshaw was a young man when he chose to enlist in the U.S. armed forces. He found himself in an armoured cavalry unit – a tank unit – in Vietnam. (Murray Bradshaw/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Aldergrove Legion Ladies Auxiliary president Barb Burkett and Legion Service officer Doug Hadley welcomed veterans to a pre-Remembrance Day dinner at the Aldergrove branch on Sunday, Oct. 30. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Aldergrove Legion Ladies Auxiliary president Barb Burkett and Legion Service officer Doug Hadley welcomed veterans to a pre-Remembrance Day dinner at the Aldergrove branch on Sunday, Oct. 30. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Frosty poppies sit atop a tombstone on Remembrance Day at the National Military Cemetery in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. The Royal Canadian Legion’s national poppy campaign kicks off today and will run through Remembrance Day under less health restrictions than in recent years, and organizers hope a string of new initiatives will re-engage Canadians in the act of remembrance.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

New poppy campaign initiatives seek to modernize the tradition of remembrance

Campaign will feature introduction of biodegradable poppies and wreaths made of natural materials

Frosty poppies sit atop a tombstone on Remembrance Day at the National Military Cemetery in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. The Royal Canadian Legion’s national poppy campaign kicks off today and will run through Remembrance Day under less health restrictions than in recent years, and organizers hope a string of new initiatives will re-engage Canadians in the act of remembrance.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Retired Staff Sgt.-Maj. Kathy Rochlitz (left), Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin, Craig Thompson, Dave Sinclair and Norm Scott pose for a photo after presenting the first poppy at Government House on Oct. 25. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

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Retired Staff Sgt.-Maj. Kathy Rochlitz (left), Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin, Craig Thompson, Dave Sinclair and Norm Scott pose for a photo after presenting the first poppy at Government House on Oct. 25. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)