NANAIMO — Remembrance day ceremonies throughout the mid island have grown in profile over the past several years as we pay tribute to the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country.
This year, expected favourable weather will likely draw six-to-eight thousand people to downtown Nanaimo on Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Dallas Square Cenotaph located at 85 Church St.
The formal ceremony at Dallas Square War Memorial begins with a parade march from the north end of Front St. to the Cenotaph shortly before 11 a.m. A military aircraft from CFB Comox will fly over, while dignitaries will lay wreaths and the signature Front St. cannon will fire.
Road closures impacting portions of Commercial, Skinner, Chapel, Bastion, Church and Front Streets will be in effect. More specific road closure details are available here.
Those planning to attend are strongly encouraged to car-pool if possible and arrive early as thousands will pack into the Church and Front St. area.
The nearby Vancouver Island Military Museum located at 100 Cameron Rd. (top of the hill behind Port Place Shopping Centre) will be open 11 to 4 p.m on Sunday.
NanaimoNewsNOW has compiled a list of Remembrance Day events hosted by Royal Canadian Legions on the mid-island following local ceremonies.
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Nanaimo – Legion 256 (East Wellington Rd.)
7-8:30 a.m. - Complimentary breakfast
9-10:00 a.m. - Remebrance Day service in the hall (catered for the elderly/those with mobility challenges)
11:00 at 11:30 a.m. - Ceremony at Dallas Square Cenotaph in downtown Nanaimo (85 Church St.)
12-2:00 p.m. - Complimentary beef on a bun, while snacks will be served after 3 p.m.
12- 6:00 p.m. - Live entertainment scheduled throughout the afternoon and early evening.
Nanaimo – Legion 10 (Harewood Rd.)
11-11:30 a.m. - Ceremony at Dallas Square Cenotaph in downtown Nanaimo (85 Church St.)
12-6:00 p.m. - Complimentary assortment of food (sandwiches, soup.)
2-6:00 p.m. - Music by DJ Frank Hanna
7-closing - Live music by Big Daddy (wide mix, including rock & country)
Lantzville – Legion 257 (Lantzville Rd.)
10:30 - Parade lines up at Seaview Elementary School and marches to Cenotaph (Huddlestone Park on Lantzville Rd.)
11-11:30 a.m. - Ceremony at Lantzville Cenotaph
12 p.m. - Lunch at the Legion, while hot dogs and refreshments for kids will be served at Costin Hall (7232 Lantzville Rd.)
12-1 p.m. - Graeme Gates on keyboard
1:30-2:30 p.m. - Pipes & drums
4-6 p.m. - Nanaimo Community Band
4-6 p.m. - Roast beef dinner with all the trimmings. $5 for general public, complimentary for veterans. First come first serve (food typically runs out).
6-10 p.m. - Double Play (live entertainment)
Ladysmith - Legion 171 (1st Ave.)
10:30. - Parade forms and marches to Rotary Memorial Peace Garden & Cenotaph (bottom of Warren St.)
11-11:20 a.m. - Ceremony at Ladysmith Cenotaph
11:30. - Social gathering at the Legion, including hot rum to be served upstairs
Parksville - Legion 49 (Hirst Ave W)
10:40-11. - March from Legion to Cenotaph (100 Jensen Ave. East)
11-11:45 a.m. - Formal ceremony at Cenotaph, Including moment of silence, fly over and wreath laying
12:30 p.m. - Complimentary lunch at Legion (free lunch for famlies at Salvation Army Soup Kitchen next door)
1:15-2 p.m. - Mt. Arrowsmith Pipe Band
2-3:00 p.m. - The Big Band
Qualicum Beach - Legion 76 (Veterans Way)
10:30-10:50 a.m. March from the liquor store (706 Primrose St.) to Qualicum Beach Civic Civic Centre (747 Jones St.)
11-11:30 am. Formal ceremony at Qualicum Beach Civic Cenre.
11:30 to 12 p.m. March to the Qualicum Beach Legion.
1 p.m. Social gathering, various musical entermainment acts, complimentary beef on a bun.
Bowser - Legion 211 (Island Hwy. West)
10:40 a.m. Parade across Hwy. 19A to Legion.
11 a.m. - Formal ceremony, inlcudes bells by local Cadets, laying of wreaths.
11:25 a.m. - Light complimentary lunch, while Mt. Arrowsmith Pipe Band performs.
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