On Monday morning, Victoria Park, Cates Park and other venues in North Vancouver were packed with people paying their respects for those who have died for Canada as well as those who have served the country during the Remembrance Day Ceremony. There were hundreds of families, young and old, with babies, children, teenagers, and seniors gathered silently around the Cenotaph in the park. Another interesting aspect was the diversity of the people in attendance. People of all races and colours remembering those that have fought for the country we all call home; it was a beautiful snapshot of the community on the North Shore.
More People Remember
Canadians are increasingly making an effort to actively remember on November 11. According to a survey done by Ipsos on behalf of Historica Canada last week found that the number of Canadians who say they planned to attend a Remembrance Day ceremony in person is at an all-time high of 41%, that’s 14% more since 2016. Additionally, well over four in five (85%) say they will wear a poppy in the lead-up to Remembrance Day, which marks a two-point (+2 pts) increase over last year and an eight-point increase (+8 pts) over 2014, 2016 and 2017.
Just a few weeks ago, we went through a divisive campaign and election, and now we can continue to look towards the future and the wellbeing of our community, regardless of our political inclinations. The world seems to be constantly in a state of mayhem, and we tend to forget how great we have it in Canada. It was nice to see how our community hasn’t forgotten those who gave their lives so we can be free. The fact is we live in a great country and a beautiful city.
My ongoing hope is that we all take the time throughout the year to show our gratitude and truly appreciate just what a wonderful place this is that we call home.