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Richmond remembers war heroes on Nov. 11

The Richmond cenotaph. -
The Richmond cenotaph.
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Richmond’s annual Remembrance Day ceremony and parade will take place Sunday, Nov. 11 at city hall.

The day of remembering those who have given their lives for Canada’s freedom and security begins at 7 a.m. with a sunrise ceremony, in which members of Richmond’s Army Cadet Corps will mount a vigil at the cenotaph.

At 10:20 a.m., marching units will head the parade from the cenotaph, led by Richmond’s Canadian Army Unit (39 Service Battalion), followed by public safety agencies, members of Richmond’s cadet organizations, a colour party and a veterans’ platoon.

The ceremony will include a performance of “In Flanders Fields” by the R.C. Palmer Secondary School choir, buglers and pipers will play “Last Post,” “Lament” and “Reveille.”

At 11 a.m. there will be two minutes of silence in memory of Canada’s fallen service personnel. A wreath-laying ceremony will follow.

The cenotaph is located in front of Richmond City Hall, at No. 3 Road and Granville Avenue.

Last month, the cenotaph was rededicated as the names of eight war veterans were added to the monument:

•First World War: Horace Reginald Lee and John Robert Simpson

•Second World War: Ferdinand Adam Treichel, Francis John Matier, Allan John Osborne

•Korean War: Kenneth Donald Reimer, William Edward Dutfield, William Lapka

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