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Parksville Qualicum Beach Remembrance Day ceremonies

Legions commemorate special day

Remembrance Day is Monday Nov. 11 and legions across the Parksville Qualicum Beach area are commemorating the holiday. Below are full schedules.

PARKSVILLE

The Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Mt. Arrowsmith Branch 49 schedule is as follows:

10 a.m.: Muster for parade at branch

10:40 a.m.: Parade starts to Cenotaph, salute taken by LCdr. Daniel Roy

11 a.m.: Silence and fly by, followed by protocol wreath laying

11:45 a.m.: Retire veterans to branch

12: 15 p.m.: Reception at the legion, all welcome

12:30 p.m.: Adult lunch served at the branch, all youth are invited to hot dogs and hot chocolate at the community centre

1:15 to 2 p.m.: Mt. Arrowsmith pipe band performance

2 to 3 p.m.: Big band performance

QUALICUM BEACH

Qualicum Beach Legion Branch 76

Special Cenotaph Wreath Laying

Date: Sunday, Nov. 10 Public is welcome

10:30 a.m.: Meet at Legion, walk to St. Stephen’s United Church for 11 a.m. service

12:30 p.m.: Wreath laying at Waterfront Cenotaph, Memorial Ave.

1p.m.: Wreath laying at Cemetery Cenotaph, Jones St.

Candlelight Tribute Ceremony

Time: 4 p.m.

Place: Qualicum Beach Legion Cenotaph, 180 Veterans Way

Remembrance Day Parade and Service

Date: Monday, Nov. 11

Time: 10:30 a.m.: For those veterans who are not able to march in the parade, there will be complimentary bus leaving the Legion for the Civic Centre at 10:30 a.m. There will be reserved seating for all veterans at the Civic Centre.

10:40 a.m.: The parade route is changed this year (NO Parade from Liquor Store prior to the service). Anyone wishing to march in the parade, meet at the Civic Centre. Veterans and Legion Members with or without uniforms are all welcome to march in the parade. Parade after the service from the Civic Centre to the Legion.

11 a.m.: Remembrance Service at the Civic Centre. Reserved seating for all veterans. Parade after the service from the Civic Centre, Second Avenue/Memorial Avenue to the Legion.

12:30 p.m. : Remembrance Service at the Civic Centre. Reserved seating for all veterans. Parade after the service from the Civic Centre, Second Avenue/Memorial Avenue to the Legion. For those veterans not able to march, the complimentary bus will return to the Legion directly after the Service.

The public is invited to join us at the Qualicum Beach Legion for a reception. Food generously provided by Qualicum Foods.

BOWSER

Bowser Branch #211, Royal Canadian Legion Remembrance Day Service

Date: Monday, Nov. 11

Time: 10:25 a.m. – Parade forms on Magnolia Court across the Island Highway from the Bowser Legion. The parade will include 15 cadets from across Vancouver Island, as well as legion members, ladies auxiliary members, RCMP, volunteer fire fighters and military police. The parade will be lead by a colour party carrying about nine flags.

10:35 a.m.: Parade begins and will cross the highway and finish at the Cenotaph near the Legion.

10:55 a.m.: Service begins at the Cenotaph.

11:00 a.m.: Two-minute silence.

11:02 a.m.: Service continues. Final part will be a laying of the wreaths.

11:45 a.m. (approx): After the service, a light sandwich lunch will be served. Lunch is free, and everyone from the community is welcome. After lunch, the bar will open.

— NEWS Staff

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