Surrey Centre Cemetery hosts Remembrance Day event with WWII military vehicles

Military experts will also be on hand to answer questions during an afternoon of remembrance and reflection.

Veterans Memorial at Surrey Centre Cemetery.

On Remembrance Day, join military experts and an array of vintage military vehicles from the Second World War era onwards at Surrey Centre Cemetery for an afternoon of remembrance and reflection.

Surrey Cemetery Services and the Canadian Military Education Centre have joined forces for the family-oriented event, running from noon to 3 p.m. at Surrey Centre Cemetery (16671 Old McLellan Road), home to 500 historic and contemporary graves of veterans. There will be an opportunity to place poppies on the graves.

Among the hardware on site for the day will be a World War II BMW motorcycle sidecar, a 1.5-ton troop carrier truck, a Dodge command car, 17-pounder Howitzer and a two-piece transport truck. The military experts will be on hand to answer questions, plus snacks and hot chocolate.

Surrey Remembers

The public is also invited to attend Surrey Remembers at the Surrey Museum and Archives, before and after the official ceremony at the Cloverdale Cenotaph, starting at 10:25 a.m.

After the service and ceremony, warm up inside the museum (17710 56A Ave.) and the archives by writing postcards to veterans and their families, watch World War II documentary videos and slides, listen to live music, enjoy children’s crafts and nosh on some hot chocolate and cookies.

Former Royal Canadian Navy Wren Gwen Settle shares Cold War secrets from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the museum, where she’ll also describe the challenges faced by women in naval service in the early 1960s.

Across the plaza at the Surrey Archives (17671 56 Avenue), warm up with refreshments, then head to the reference room.

See wartime newspapers, documents, and photographs. There will also be a slideshow on experiences in Surrey during the First World War.

More than 700 men from Surrey signed up for military service at the outbreak of the First World War. Nearly one in 10 didn’t return.

Visitors to the archives can also hear the voices of local veterans at the Oral History station.

Both events are drop in, by donation. In 2015, admission is sponsored by the Friends of the Surrey Museum and Archives Society.

For more information, see surrey.ca/events.

 

Just Posted

White Rock Renegades ‘04 named national champs

Girls went undefeated at national tournament in Calgary

PHOTOS: Supercars parade to White Rock

More than a dozen cars were on display for the Drive Project

South Surrey woman promotes exercise to help fight Parkinson’s disease

‘This keeps me strong’ says Liz Holroyd Campbell, organizer of the 2019 Parkinson Superwalk

QUIZ: How much do you remember about Woodstock?

Weekend music festival in Bethel, New York, was held 50 years ago

Advocates ‘internationalize’ the fight to free Raif Badawi from Saudi prison

Raif Badawi was arrested on June 17, 2012, and was later sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for his online criticism of Saudi clerics

Canadian entrepreneurs turning beer byproduct into bread, cookies and profits

Some breweries turn to entrepreneurs looking to turn spent grain into treats for people and their pets

Canada ‘disappointed’ terror suspect’s British citizenship revoked

Jack Letts, who was dubbed “Jihadi Jack” by the U.K. media, has been detained in a Kurdish prison for about two years

Chrystia Freeland condemns violence in Hong Kong, backs right to peaceful assembly

There have been months of protests in the semi-autonomous region

B.C. VIEWS: Log exports and my other errors so far in 2019

Plastic bags, legislature overspending turn out differently

Most Read