Remembrance Day

Coquitlam’s traditional Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 11– which typically attracts thousands to the Blue Mountain Park cenotaph – will take place by invite only again this year in order to protect public health.

Recognizing the importance of the day, the City of Coquitlam is providing a variety of safe options for residents to Remember in Place. 

Some Ways to Honour Veterans:

  • 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. View the schedule.
  •  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 will be kept on the trees until Nov. 18 at which point they will be transcribed and forwarded to Canadian veteran groups. Can't be with us in person? Email your message to the Park Spark team. It will be transcribed and we'll tie it to a tree for you.
  • Place your poppy: Join in this campaign to display poppy images throughout the community to show gratitude for veterans, similar to the Hearts for Healthcare campaign. Download a Printable Poppy Poster (PDF) to place on your window or somewhere visible to others.
  • Get Social: How will you be honouring veterans? Let us know by tagging #CoquitlamRemembers on social media. 

Residents can also support the Coquitlam Legion, and support programs for veterans, as follows:

  • Donate to the poppy drive: This year the Coquitlam Legion’s annual poppy drive, its primary fundraiser for veteran supports, will include a drive-by poppy booth at 1025 Ridgeway Ave. from 1 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 5, 6 and 7. Poppy masks are also available at the branch for $10 while supplies last. The Poppy Office is open Oct. 29 to Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Order a wreath: Wreaths in three sizes can be ordered from the Coquitlam Legion until Nov. 7, with the option of having it laid at the cenotaph on your behalf. Drop by the branch at 1025 Ridgeway Ave., call 604-937-0111 or email lgchapmanpoppychair@shaw.ca

Other Options to Remember in Place on Nov. 11:

  • Gather the household together for two minutes of silence to honour and remember those who have fallen in service for the country. Residents across the City are invited to join Legion Branch 263 members in spirit by observing two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. For a silent video to reflect upon, visit the Two Minutes of Silence page. 
  • Tune in to the federal Remembrance Day ceremony on television or online.
  • Read about the lives of Coquitlam soldiers in the First World War in the Coquitlam Archives online exhibit "Don't Forget Your Dadie": A Coquitlam Family & The First World War. 
  • Visit the websites of the Royal Canadian Legion, Veterans Affairs Canada or the Canadian War Museum for articles and information.

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.