Remembrance Day

Veteran Matthew Kane poses for a photograph in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, November 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

The Money: Today’s veterans fighting Ottawa for equality with previous generations

Campaign continues in fight for equity and fairness for all veterans

Veteran Matthew Kane poses for a photograph in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, November 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Scout Kadyn of the Second Langley Mavericks scout group was cleaning veterans headstones at the Murrayville cemetery on Saturday, Nov. 6, to prepare for Remembrance Day. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Scout Kadyn of the Second Langley Mavericks scout group was cleaning veterans headstones at the Murrayville cemetery on Saturday, Nov. 6, to prepare for Remembrance Day. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Langley senior Irene Brummitt has created more than 150 hand-knitted poppies for Remembrance Day. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Langley senior knits poppies for Remembrance

It’s the fourth year Irene Brummitt has raised funds for the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund

Langley senior Irene Brummitt has created more than 150 hand-knitted poppies for Remembrance Day. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Hundreds attended the first formal Remembrance Day ceremony in many years at the Murrayville cenotaph back in 2017. (Langley Advance Times files)

Remembrance Day services planned for Murrayville Cemetery

Public can watch live online so veterans and seniors can attend in person safely

Hundreds attended the first formal Remembrance Day ceremony in many years at the Murrayville cenotaph back in 2017. (Langley Advance Times files)
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh speaks during a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Federal leaders remember sacrifices, injustices endured by Indigenous veterans

Flags on federal government buildings lowered to acknowledge the service of Indigenous veterans

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh speaks during a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
A scout pre-recorded his portion of the 2020 Remembrance Day service at the Fort Langley venotaph. Because of COVID-19, organizers have moved the event online again this year. (Langley Advance Times files)

Fort Langley asks public to stay home and watch Remembrance Day event online

People can leaves wreaths and poppies at the cenotaph, just not on the morning of Nov. 11

A scout pre-recorded his portion of the 2020 Remembrance Day service at the Fort Langley venotaph. Because of COVID-19, organizers have moved the event online again this year. (Langley Advance Times files)
Veteran Jeffrey Shepherd walks back to the house with his wife Christine from their backyard in Casselman, Ont., on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

The Burden: veterans’ injuries take toll on families and caregivers

Advocates and others say federal supports fall short of what is needed

Veteran Jeffrey Shepherd walks back to the house with his wife Christine from their backyard in Casselman, Ont., on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Minister of Veterans Affairs Lawrence MacAulay uses his phone as he arrives for a cabinet meeting in Ottawa, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Tens of thousands of Canadian veterans who sustained long-term injuries from their military service are waiting to find out whether Veterans Affairs Canada will approve their disability claims. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

The Backlog: Thousands of veterans with disabilities are waiting years for support

Tens of thousands of veterans are waiting to see if their injuries qualify them for support

Minister of Veterans Affairs Lawrence MacAulay uses his phone as he arrives for a cabinet meeting in Ottawa, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Tens of thousands of Canadian veterans who sustained long-term injuries from their military service are waiting to find out whether Veterans Affairs Canada will approve their disability claims. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Canadian soldiers Benjamin Van Eck, left, and Dan Campbell are shown in Kandahar, Afghanistan in this 2007 handout image. While Campbell would eventually settle down to start a family, Van Eck struggled with drug addiction and homelessness after hanging up his uniform before his lifeless body was found on the streets of London, Ont., this past June. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Dan Campbell, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

The Streets: Ottawa faces calls to step up on veteran homelessness

Grassroots organizations have stepped in to feel in the gaps left by government services

Canadian soldiers Benjamin Van Eck, left, and Dan Campbell are shown in Kandahar, Afghanistan in this 2007 handout image. While Campbell would eventually settle down to start a family, Van Eck struggled with drug addiction and homelessness after hanging up his uniform before his lifeless body was found on the streets of London, Ont., this past June. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Dan Campbell, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
FILE – The Canadian flag flies at half-mast at the funeral for Lionel Desmond and his mother Brenda Desmond at St. Peter’s Church in Tracadie, N.S. on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. Desmond killed his mother, wife and young daughter before taking his own life earlier in the month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

The Caseload: Veterans Affairs staff overwhelmed by number of vets assigned to them

An internal review released in 2019 found case managers spent more time filling out paperwork than helping veterans directly

FILE – The Canadian flag flies at half-mast at the funeral for Lionel Desmond and his mother Brenda Desmond at St. Peter’s Church in Tracadie, N.S. on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. Desmond killed his mother, wife and young daughter before taking his own life earlier in the month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Grade 11 Brookswood Secondary student Charlie Farquharson, 16, wrote and recorded a rap song for Remembrance Day last year as part of a Grade 10 class assignment. He did the entirety of the project from his home computer using software he was already familiar with, calling writing and recording music a hobby. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Remembrance Day: Langley teen writes, records rap to bring historical event to forefront for youth

16-year-old Charlie Farquharson says youth should be engaged in different ways

Grade 11 Brookswood Secondary student Charlie Farquharson, 16, wrote and recorded a rap song for Remembrance Day last year as part of a Grade 10 class assignment. He did the entirety of the project from his home computer using software he was already familiar with, calling writing and recording music a hobby. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
A rock with the message “Every Child Matters” painted on it sits at a memorial outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, in Kamloops, B.C., on Thursday, July 15, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canadian flag to be raised Sunday on federal buildings, in time for Remembrance Day

Flag will be hoisted at sunset on Sunday, lowered Monday for Indigenous Veterans Day, then raised

A rock with the message “Every Child Matters” painted on it sits at a memorial outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, in Kamloops, B.C., on Thursday, July 15, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

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A ceremonial flagged is raised as people attend the Xe xe Smun’ eem-Victoria Orange Shirt Day Every Child Matters ceremony to honour victims of the Canadian Indian residential school system while at Centennial Square in Victoria, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. The Assembly of First Nations says it has found a solution to raising the Canadian flag on Remembrance day, while continuing to grieve for Indigenous children who died at residential schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Assembly of First Nations says raise Canada flag alongside ‘every child matters’ flag

‘Until all children are recovered, named and returned to their homelands’

A ceremonial flagged is raised as people attend the Xe xe Smun’ eem-Victoria Orange Shirt Day Every Child Matters ceremony to honour victims of the Canadian Indian residential school system while at Centennial Square in Victoria, Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. The Assembly of First Nations says it has found a solution to raising the Canadian flag on Remembrance day, while continuing to grieve for Indigenous children who died at residential schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Communication crews at Naval Radio Station Aldergrove in 1966. Charlie Stodeur, LS John Gee, LS Jim Walton (in background) Howie Oga and John Oros. (Alder Grove Heritage Society)

Aldergrove naval radio station still helps ships, aircraft communicate

The base’s personnel have to deal with wildlife and mechanical breakdowns

Communication crews at Naval Radio Station Aldergrove in 1966. Charlie Stodeur, LS John Gee, LS Jim Walton (in background) Howie Oga and John Oros. (Alder Grove Heritage Society)
The Fraser Blues flying team, based in Langley Airport, will be flying above local cenotaphs on Nov. 11. (Mike Luedey/Yellowdrum Productions)

Fraser Blues return to fly over Langley cenotaphs on Remembrance Day

The precision flying team is mostly doing special events, including the annual day of remembrance

The Fraser Blues flying team, based in Langley Airport, will be flying above local cenotaphs on Nov. 11. (Mike Luedey/Yellowdrum Productions)
Colleen Campbell and daughter Marley Finstad were preparing to tidy up the soldiers headstones at the Fort Langley cemetery in advance of the Nov. 11 Remembrance Day service. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Tending veterans graves for Remembrance Day

For a fifth year, Langley-area scouts tidy cemetery headstones

Colleen Campbell and daughter Marley Finstad were preparing to tidy up the soldiers headstones at the Fort Langley cemetery in advance of the Nov. 11 Remembrance Day service. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
A previous edition of Operation Raise a Flag is seen. Canadians across the country are once again invited to buy a flag to be planted outside the Sunnybrook Veterans Centre in Toronto this Remembrance Day. (Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre)

British Columbians invited to help plant 30,000 flags at Canada’s largest veteran facility

Toronto’s Sunnybrook Veterans Centre seeking nation-wide support to plant flags for Remembrance Day

A previous edition of Operation Raise a Flag is seen. Canadians across the country are once again invited to buy a flag to be planted outside the Sunnybrook Veterans Centre in Toronto this Remembrance Day. (Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre)
The Canadian flag flies at half mast over the Peace tower and parliament buildings in Ottawa on October 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

PM says Indigenous talks may offer “solution” so Canada can honour war dead

The flag has been flying at half-mast at federal buildings since late May

The Canadian flag flies at half mast over the Peace tower and parliament buildings in Ottawa on October 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Dick Deck was led onto the ice at the Langley Curling Club to celebrate turning 100 by throwing a curling rock. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Dick Deck was led onto the ice at the Langley Curling Club to celebrate turning 100 by throwing a curling rock. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)