Plenty of ways to honour veterans

Round-up of activities planned for Ladysmith and Chemainus

Every November, there are a number of activities around Ladysmith to help local residents remember those fallen in the line of duty.

This year, the ceremonies were kicked off with the annual Church Service of Remembrance at the Bethel Tabernacle on November 6.

“We attend a different church every year,” said Roy Empey, president of Ladysmith’s Royal Canadian Legion branch, No. 171.

On November 10, local veterans will visit schools in the area, and  The Legion Band and Colour Party pay visits to La Rosa Gardens and the Lodge on 4th, to entertain the residents with songs they may remember from the war era.

Ladysmith’s annual Remembrance Day ceremony will take place at the cenotaph at Warren Street. More than 2000 residents are expected to partake in the ceremony, including veterans of the Second World War, the Korean and Afghanistan wars.

“We will all be down there at the cenotaph,” Empey said.

The ceremony begins with a march down First Avenue. At the cenotaph, local dignitaries Jean Crowder, a representative from Doug Routley’s office  and Rob Hutchins will speak, and a two minute silence will be observed precisely at 11 a.m.

Tents will be available for the elderly, however rain or shine, attendance is anticipated to be high.

“The weather doesn’t seem to hinder anybody, because it’s a time of remembrance,” Empey said. “We’re there for one reason, and that’s to honour everyone who has been affected by war.  We wear our poppies to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifce for our country.”

The day following the Remembrance Day gathering, a Veterans dinner will be held at the Eagles Hall.

In Chemainus, the Remembrance Day ceremony begins at 10:45 a.m. at the Willow Street cenotaph, followed by a two minute silence at 11 a.m.

At 11:15 a.m., there will be a parade from the cenotaph to the RCL #191 Hall on Chemainus Road, where an open house will take place. Children participating in the memorial service will be provided refreshments at the Chemainus Seniors Centre.

Just Posted

Tribal Journeys welcomed by Stz’uminus at Shell Beach

Paddlers came from various nations, including the Heiltsuk, Namgis, Hesquiaht, and Alberta Cree

Brits on the Beach raises $2,251 for LRCA food bank

Brits on the Beach also brought in 75 pounds of non-perishable food items

Town adds public access lifering to improve water safety at Transfer Beach

The lifering is easy to use and includes instructions on the protective housing case for emergencies

Chemainus Harvest House still demands attention in summer

Food bank supplies dwindle with diminished donations

No shortage of water supply in Ladysmith despite stage three water restrictions

Water restrictions remain in place to service community in case of an emergency

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

A year later, ceremony commemorates victims of the Danforth shooting

It’s the one-year anniversary of when a man opened fire along the bustling street before shooting and killing himself

Japanese Canadians call on B.C. to go beyond mere apology for historic racism

The federal government apologized in 1988 for its racism against ‘enemy aliens’

B.C. VIEWS: NDP pushes ahead with Crown forest redistribution

This isn’t the time for a radical Indigenous rights agenda

Two dead in two-vehicle crash between Revelstoke and Golden

RCMP are investigating the cause of the crash

Ottawa fights planned class action against RCMP for bullying, intimidation

The current case is more general, applying to employees, including men, who worked for the RCMP

Alberta judge denies B.C.’s bid to block ‘Turn Off the Taps’ bill

He said the proper venue for the disagreement is Federal Court

Most Read