Remembrance Day is commemorated in Surrey with a ceremony and parade at the cenotaph outside the Surrey Museum in Cloverdale on November 11th.
COVID-19 REMEMBRANCE DAY
The global pandemic of COVID-19 has certainly had an impact on large gatherings. In fact, the general public is not encouraged to attend 2020 Remembrance Day ceremonies in the Lower Mainland.
Although the main ceremony in Surrey is private, it is actually scheduled to be streamed online. To watch the virtual Remembrance Day event, visit the City of Surrey‘s website.
Remembrance Day in Surrey
The main and largest Remembrance Day event in Surrey is the one in Cloverdale. There are also smaller ceremonies in Crescent Beach and Whalley most years, as well as in multiple other parts of the Lower Mainland.
Click Remembrance Day in Metro Vancouver for a list of ceremonies in other municipalities. See below for information about the main November 11th event in Surrey.
(Note: Event details are subject to change.)
Remembrance Day in Cloverdale
The Remembrance Day ceremony in Cloverdale is usually held at the cenotaph in the plaza between the Surrey Museum (at 17710 56a Avenue) and the Surrey Archives building. When open to the public, it’s attended by cadets, RCMP officers, members of the military, veterans, local dignitaries, families and the general public.
The Cloverdale event usually runs from around 9:30 am until 12:30 pm. It includes the official ceremony with the laying of the wreaths, the marching in and out of official participants, and family-friendly activities at the museum. Hundreds of people attend.
In years when there isn’t a pandemic, the general public gathers in the stands and around the edges of the plaza at the cenotaph by the Surrey Museum in the morning. Prior to the ceremony, cadets, red-uniformed members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and veterans line up along nearby 176a Street in preparation for the initial procession.
The 2020 ceremonies are not to be attended by the public, but continue reading below for information regarding past and future years.
The march to the cenotaph typically starts at around 10:30 am. It’s a parade, but a fairly short one. The service at the cenotaph begins shortly after, the traditional two minutes of silence is observed at 11 o’clock, and the procession of cadets and officers departs at around 11:30.
Most years, after the main ceremony, the Surrey Museum hosts a variety of child-friendly activities including crafts and entertainment. In previous years the museum was open on November 11th from noon until 5 pm. In 2019 the foyer to the Museum was open at 9:30 am and inside coffee and hot chocolate was served. The full Museum was open again, but just from noon until 1 pm (so for a shorter time than in previous years).
In 2019 the 1912 Hall at the Surrey Archives next door was also open (between 9:30 am and 1:30 pm). Inside that venue was a display of artifacts and a quiet colouring area for children (which was especially convenient for families with young kids who get restless during and after the main ceremonies).
Tips and Advice
Below are a couple of suggestions to help you make the most out of your Cloverdale Remembrance Day experience.
TIP #1: Arrive early, like by at least 9:30 am, if you want a chance of finding a seat. Most people stand, but there are usually bleachers for people who need them (although they do fill up).
TIP #2: The ceremony in Cloverdale isn’t Surrey’s only Remembrance Day event. For other venues see the City of Surrey‘s website.
For more information about the November 11th event in Cloverdale, see the City of Surrey‘s website.
For a list of similar events in other parts of the Lower Mainland, click Remembrance Day in Metro Vancouver.
For details about other events and activities at various times of the year, check out any of the following:
- Vancouver’s November Calendar
- Festivals & Events
- Best Lower Mainland Places in Autumn
- Lower Mainland Parks and Nature