While numerous Remembrance Day ceremonies and events are being held around Metro Vancouver, here is a list of a few events that honour those who served in the Canadian military, even in the face of discrimination and sometimes as means to overcome racial barriers and inequality.
This week’s events commenced with a ceremony on National Aboriginal Veterans Day on November 8 at the Victory Square Cenotaph on the Downtown Eastside. Now in its 13 th year, the event, which recognizes the contributions of Indigenous men and women, was preceded by a march from the Carnegie Centre.
The Japanese Canadian War Memorial Committee of the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre will hold a ceremony at 10:40 a.m. tomorrow (November 11) at the Japanese Canadian War Memorial in Stanley Park. It will be followed by a reception at the Stanley Park Rowing Club.
Despite being blocked from enlisting in the military, Japanese Canadians found ways to fight in the first and second world wars, such as volunteering in Alberta for the Battle of Vimy Ridge to demonstrate their loyalty to Canada, and even despite being declared enemy aliens during the Second World War.
A Chinatown memorial will be held at Keefer and Columbia streets tomorrow at 12:30 p.m.
It will be followed by a free screening of Force 136: Chinese Canadian Heroes, to be held at 2:30 p.m. at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (578 Carrall Street).
The film highlights Force 136, a British unit of the Special Operations Executive during the Second World War. Many Chinese Canadians from British Columbia served in missions in Japanese-held territories, despite being denied full citizenship.
Their service contributed toward gaining full citizenship and equal rights for all Chinese Canadians.
Meanwhile, a current exhibition at the Chinese Canadian Military Museum (555 Columbia Street) is On a Wing and a Prayer, about Chinese Canadian Air Force members who fought and died or survived the Second World War. This group suffered the highest casualty rate among the armed services.
Other Remembrance Day observances, including ceremonies at Victory Square and UBC’s War Memorial Gym, are included in our list of events for November 11.
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