At the Legion, we hold the sacred trust of ensuring the tradition of remembrance is observed by Canadians every year at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month.
This tradition dates back to the First World War when the guns fell silent, marking the end of military conflict and the Remembrance of those who would never return home. The National Poppy and Remembrance Campaign raise funds for veterans and their families, the new military and others who are disadvantaged.
Every November 11th Branch #179 participates in Remembrance Day Ceremonies at the Grandview Cenotaph located at Commercial Drive and William Street in Grandview Park. This shaft was dedicated on 11 November 1959, in memory of “Our Fallen Comrades”. Located behind the shaft on the wall is the original plaque that was located on the cairn that was replaced by the shaft. The original cairn was dedicated on 12 November 1928.
The Current Plaque on the Cenotaph reads:
IN MEMORY OF OUR FALLEN COMRADES
“AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN, AND IN
THE MORNING WE WILL REMEMBER THEM”
DEDICATED: NOVEMBER 11, 1959
ERECTED BY: RCL GRANDVIEW BRANCH 179, AND THE CITIZENS OF GRANDVIEW
The Old Plaque on the Cairn that the Current Plaque replaced reads:
THIS WAS THE ORIGINAL PLAQUE ON THE MEMORIAL CAIRN DEDICATED ON NOV. 12, 1928 BY HON. R.L. MAITLAND
LEST WE FORGET IN MEMORY OF MEN AND WOMEN OF THE GRANDVIEW DISTRICT WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY.
For more information regarding our Military and Community Memorials visit the National Inventory of Canadian Military Memorials (NICMM) web site.
Grandview Legion Remembrance Day Parade
The 2014 Remembrance Day Ceremony and Parade was a great success. Our thanks go out to the dignitaries in attendance, the Parade Marshall Hector Nicolson, the 179 Colour Guard and the many volunteers that made it all possible. Special guests included Jenny Kwan, MLA for Grandview Woodlands, Gerry Vowles, Past President, BC/Yukon Command as Master of Ceremonies and Agnes Keegan, WWII veteran as Honourary Parade Marshall. For information on the 2015 Remembrance Day service, parade and celebration visit Remembrance Day 2015. For information on the 2016 Remembrance Day service, parade and celebration visit Remembrance Day 2016.
video complements of John Warren, 179 member
The Poppy is the international symbol of remembrance representing a visual pledge to pay homage to the fallen, who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the preservation of peace and freedom.
The Poppy Campaign was created as a means to raise funds in order to perpetuate this sacred memory and provide for veterans and their families in their time of need.
The Poppy Campaign commences the last Friday in October and continues to the end of the day November 11th, Remembrance Day. Legion Branches throughout BC & the Yukon organize the annual Poppy Campaign in their respective areas. All donations are in turn redirected to support programs and services for veterans and their families.
This year, your donation has never been more important. A new generation of veterans is coming home and turning to the Legion for housing, career transition counseling and trauma relief. And Grandview Legion will be there, with your support! Wear a poppy. Give generously. Text POPPY to 20222 to donate $5 to the Legion’s Poppy Funds.
2016 Poppy Fund Results – Branch #179 Royal Canadian Legion
This year Branch #179 collected over $39,000.00 towards the Vancouver Poppy Fund. Great job to everyone involved.
2015 Poppy Fund Results – Branch #179 Royal Canadian Legion
This year Branch #179 collected over $30,000.00 towards the Vancouver Poppy Fund. Great job to everyone involved.
2014 Poppy Fund Results – Branch #179 Royal Canadian Legion
This year Branch #179 collected over $38,000.00 towards the Vancouver Poppy Fund. Great job to everyone involved…. next year will be even better.