Coquitlam residents are encouraged to honour veterans in meaningful ways this Remembrance Day.
Coquitlam’s traditional Remembrance Day ceremony and parade, hosted by the Coquitlam Royal Canadian Legion Branch 263 – will be held on Nov. 11 and is open to the public for those wishing to pay respects. The parade will begin at Como Lake Middle School at approximately 10:15 a.m. and will continue with a ceremony at the Blue Mountain Park Cenotaph starting at approximately 10:30 a.m.
Honouring Veterans in Meaningful Ways
In recognition of the achievements and sacrifices of those who have served our nation in times of war and military conflict, the City is encouraging residents to show their respect for veterans in a variety of ways this year:
- Poppy Painting Along Veteran's Way: Stop by Blue Mountain Park (975 King Albert Ave.) to paint a poppy on the grass along Veteran’s Way as part of a temporary display. Schedule is as follows:
- Thursday, Nov. 3 from 1 – 4 p.m.
- Friday, Nov. 4 from 1 – 4 p.m.
- Saturday, Nov. 5 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
- Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 1 – 4 p.m.
- Thursday, Nov. 10 from 1 – 4 p.m.
- Poppy Painting at Spirit Square: Join us at Spirit Square, across the Street from Coquitlam City Hall, on Nov. 9 to paint a poppy on the grass part of a temporary display.
- Messages of Remembrance: Write a message of remembrance and tie it to a tree with yellow ribbon along Veteran's Way in Blue Mountain Park. The messages are kept on the trees until Nov. 18 at which point they will be transcribed and forwarded to Canadian veteran groups. If you are unable to go in person, you can email your message to firstname.lastname@example.org. It will be transcribed and tied to a tree for you.
Honouring Veterans Throughout the Year
The City commemorates the lives of fallen Coquitlam soldiers on rolls of honour on the second floor of City Hall, and at the cenotaph at Blue Mountain Park, open year-round. Those who wish to visit the cenotaph for a moment of silence or to lay a wreath to commemorate Remembrance Day are encouraged to do so before or after Nov. 11 to help prevent gatherings.
Coquitlam continues to provide free parking in City lots and street parking spaces for those displaying a veteran’s licence plate, a tradition started in 2006. For information, visit the Parking Regulations section on our website.