On November 11, we pause to pay tribute to all members of Canada’s armed forces who have served in the line of duty. We stand in solidarity to honour the sacrifices that have been made to secure our freedoms, our democracy, and the quality of life we enjoy today.
This year, as we mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, we acknowledge the countless acts of bravery that have been shown by our past and present military members in times of war, military conflict and peace. We commit to teaching our younger generations about the importance of taking time on this day to bow our heads and remember.
Sadly, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our usual Remembrance Day activities, including the parade and procession, and the ceremony at the Civic Centre, have been cancelled. A field of crosses has been erected on the west side of Memorial Avenue by the railway tracks. Each cross bears the name of a local service member who made the ultimate sacrifice in either World War One or World War Two. The crosses will be on display up to Remembrance Day, and candles will be lit at the base of each cross on November 10 from 5 pm to midnight as we remember.
Although we may not be able to gather in person this year, I encourage all citizens to proudly display red poppies as a physical symbol that we will not forget the legacy left behind by those who have served – a legacy of a proud, strong and free nation. I also encourage each of you to stop at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday and observe a moment of silence in your own spaces.
On behalf of the Town of Qualicum Beach, I extend my deepest thanks to all who have lost their lives in the line of duty, to our veterans, and to our active service members. You continue to make us proud.
Lest we forget.
Mayor, Town of Qualicum Beach