‘Surrey Remembers’ on Nov. 11

The Surrey Museum and Surrey Archives will be open Nov. 11, before and after the Remembrance Day ceremonies, for Surrey Remembers.

A statue of a World War I soldier kneeling rests atop the war monument in Surrey Museum Plaza.

A statue of a World War I soldier kneeling rests atop the war monument in Surrey Museum Plaza.

Surrey residents and their families are invited to the Surrey Museum and the Surrey Archives on Remembrance Day, before and after the service at the Cloverdale Cenotaph.

Both buildings flank Surrey Museum Plaza, site of Surrey’s largest Remembrance Day service and are open to the public on Nov. 11 for Surrey Remembers, an annual day of special programming, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Inside the Surrey Museum (17710 56A Avenue), children can make peaceful crafts such as tissue paper poppies or harmony doves, or write thank you cards that will be delivered to Lower Mainland veterans and their families.

The museum’s theatre will be screening Second World War documentary videos. There will also be demonstrations of weaving and spinning in the textile studio, home to a heritage loom used to rehabilitate veterans. Visitors can try their hand at weaving on one of the table looms.

Visitors are also invited to view Remembrance Day projects created by a Grade 2 class at nearby Cloverdale Traditional School.

The museum hosts a special talk from 1-2 p.m. At Soldier of the Horse, learn about Surrey’s connections to the World War I Canadian cavalry and the importance of horses during the great war from author and historian Robert Mackay.

MacKay’s talk in the theatre runs from 1-2 p.m. It’s a free lecture that’s suitable for all ages, but please pre-register at 604-592-6956 because space is limited.

Over at the Surrey Archives (17671 56 Avenue), explore real wartime newspapers, documents and photographs inside the reference room.

Archives visitors can also watch a slideshow on Surrey’s participation in the world wars, and listen to veterans reminisce, thanks to materials that are part of the oral history collection.

Admission is sponsored by the Friends of the Surrey Museum and Archives Society.

For more information, call call 604-592-6956 or visit surrey.ca/heritage.

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