Remembrance Day is commemorated in Coquitlam on November 11th with a procession to the Cenotaph on Veterans Way followed by ceremonies in Blue Mountain Park.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the Remembrance Day event that usually takes place at Blue Mountain Park is not happening in 2020.
Visit the official City of Coquitlam‘s website for recommendations of other ways to honor veterans this year.
Click Vancouver Remembrance Day Events for information about ceremonies in other communities across the Lower Mainland, or continue reading to learn about what happens at Coquitlam’s main November 11th events in normal years.
Remembrance Day in Coquitlam
Coquitlam holds its annual Remembrance Day event on November 11th near Blue Mountain Park which is located at 975 King Albert Avenue. There’s usually a parade followed by ceremonies at the Cenotaph in the park.
Before the parade people typically gather along Veterans Way in front of the park. Over 1000 people turn out for the event in normal years, and there are usually at least a couple of military vehicles on display for people to look at.
The parade itself is short in years that it isn’t cancelled. It starts at Como Lake School just a block down the road and up to 100 or so veterans, RCMP officers and cadets participate in the procession. There is also a small marching band.
Ceremony Time and Location
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the 2020 event is cancelled, but continue reading for information from previous ceremonies that may apply to future years.
Remembrance Day ceremonies in Coquitlam usually begin with a parade. In 2019 the parade assembled at Como Lake Middle School at 1121 King Albert Avenue at 10:00 am and the procession departed at 10:40 am. From the school, the parade route followed Winslow Avenue to the Cenotaph on Veterans Way (a.k.a. Porter Street) at the east end of Blue Mountain Park.
Veterans, members of the military, cadets and police officers marched in the parade. Grandchildren and great grandchildren of veterans are also typically welcome to participate.
In years without a pandemic, the parade finishes at the Cenotaph at the park at around 10:50 am and the formal ceremony begins there shortly after. Similar to ceremonies elsewhere, the service is fairly solemn and includes a prayer, the laying of wreaths and the singing of O Canada. It’s usually a chance for the community to honor and pay their respects to those who have fought for our country.
After the ceremonies at Blue Mountain Park in 2019 there was a lunch at the Legion at 1025 Ridgeway Avenue. At that event the Naval Veterans Band and SFU’s Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band both performed.
(Note: Ceremony details are subject to change. See the event’s official website for exact details. Also, the Legion is only open to members of the Legion and guests of members. We are not sure whether the lunch at the Legion was open to the public last year. It might have been, as this sort of event is open to the public at many Legion locations on Remembrance Day, but we’re not sure if it was in this case.)
For more details about the parade and event that happens most years at Blue Mountain Park see the Royal Canadian Legion‘s website.
For ideas on other things to do in the area see our article about Coquitlam.
For a list of November 11th events in other communities click Vancouver Remembrance Day Events.