NANAIMO — Every year mid-islanders converge on their local cenotaphs and legions to recognize the men and women who served and continue to serve to protect the freedoms we enjoy every day.
Several thousand people will be in downtown Nanaimo at the Dallas Square Cenotaph located at 85 Church St.
The formal ceremony at Dallas Square begins with a parade march shortly before 11 a.m. to the cenotaph. A military aircraft from CFB Comox will fly over, dignitaries will lay wreaths and the cannon will fire.
Road closures impacting portions of Commercial, Skinner, Chapel, Bastion, Church and Front Streets will be in effect.
NanaimoNewsNOW has compiled a list of Remembrance Day events hosted by Royal Canadian Legions on the mid-island.
Nanaimo – Legion 256 (East Wellington Rd.)
7:30-8:30 a.m. - Complimentary breakfast
9 a.m. - Remembrance Day ceremony at branch
11-11:30 a.m. - Ceremony at Dallas Square Cenotaph in downtown Nanaimo
12-2 p.m. - Complimentary beef on a bun
Live entertainment is scheduled at Legion 256 throughout the afternoon.
Nanaimo – Legion 10 (Harewood Rd.)
11–11:30 a.m. - Ceremony at Dallas Square Cenotaph in downtown Nanaimo
12 p.m. - Complimentary clam chowder, turkey soup, pulled pork sandwiches and beef dip
Entertainment, included live evening acts are scheduled
Lantzville – Legion 257 (Lantzville Rd.)
10:50–11 a.m. - Short parade from Lantzville School Rd. to Lantzville Cenotaph
11–11:30 a.m. - Ceremony at the cenotaph at Huddlestone Park (Lantzville Rd.)
12 p.m. - complimentary soup and sandwiches at Legion 257
1 p.m. - Nanaimo Concert Band, followed by more live entertainment throughout the afternoon and evening.
4-6 p.m. - Roast beef dinner with all the trimmings. $5 for general public, complimentary for veterans. First come first serve (food will run out).
Parksville Legion 49 (Hirst Ave.)
10:30-11 a.m. - March from legion to Cenotaph (100 Jensen Ave. East)
11-11:45 a.m. - Formal ceremony at cenotaph.
12:30 p.m. - Complimentary lunch at Legion (complimentary hot dogs at Salvation Army Soup Kitchen for children)
Live entertainment scheduled for the afternoon
Qualicum Beach - Legion 76 (Veterans Way)
10:30-10:50 a.m. - Veterans march from Primrose St. to the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre.
11-11:30 a.m. - Formal ceremony in the Civic Centre.
11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. - Veterans march to the Legion (180 Veterans Way)
Social gathering the Legion scheduled for the afternoon, including a pipe band
Bowser - Legion 211 (Island Hwy. West)
10:40 a.m. - Parade to the Legion.
11 a.m. - Formal ceremony where wreaths will be laid. Following the service there will be a social gathering at the Legion, including food, drinks and a pipe band.
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