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Coquitlam Remembers

by Heather Escaravage |

COQUITLAM, BC, Nov. 1, 2016 – The City of Coquitlam invites the public to contribute to a meaningful community project honouring those who served our country. 

The following events lead up to Coquitlam’s  Remembrance Day Ceremony held at Blue Mountain Park on Nov. 11:

Coquitlam Remembers (Nov. 1 – 10, 2016)

The City’s Park Spark team is continuing its Coquitlam Remembers event from last year by painting poppies on the lawn at Blue Mountain Park near the corner of King Albert Avenue and Veteran’s Way.  Residents are encouraged to stop by the park during the times listed below to add their own poppy to the display.

Members of the public are also invited to write their personal messages on yellow ribbons, which will be tied to trees in Blue Mountain Park. These ribbons will be kept up until November 18, at which point they will be transcribed and forwarded to Veteran’s Affairs Canada. 

The 13th Eagle Mountain Guides, 10th Coquitlam Beaver & Scouts, members from the Royal Canadian Legion #263 and the public will be on site Sunday, Nov. 6, to plant 1,000 Celebration Garden tulips at Blue Mountain as part of the Canada 150 Celebration Garden project

New program highlights

Local volunteers and the City of Coquitlam landscape team are planting a new raised garden bed at the corner of King Albert Avenue and Veteran’s Way, which will be a replica of the Canadian Armed Forces insignia badge. To be completed by Nov. 11, it will honour all elements of the CAF, including the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force.  

Local school groups and the public are invited to paint rocks in poppy red, which will be used to help colour the maple leaves that surround the badge.  The rocks and painting supplies will be supplied on site each day during the specified times.

Hours on site

Park Spark staff will be on site at Blue Mountain Park during the following times. Please note that these activities are weather dependent. Community members are encouraged to check the Park Spark webpage or social media channels to confirm that day’s activities. All necessary equipment will be supplied. Participants should wear clothing appropriate for painting or working outdoors. 

The hours:

  • Nov. 1, 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Nov. 2, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Nov. 3, 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Nov. 4, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Nov. 5, 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Nov. 6, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Nov. 7, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Nov. 8, 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Nov. 9, 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Nov. 10, 1 – 4 p.m.

To view a video of the 2014 Coquitlam Remembers display, visit www.bit.ly/coquitlamremembers.

View photos of the 2016 Coquitlam Remembers activities.

Coquitlam Remembrance Day Ceremony (Nov. 11, 2016)

The Royal Canadian Legion # 263 will host a traditional Remembrance Day ceremony on Friday, Nov. 11 at the Blue Mountain Park Cenotaph. The ceremony will start at 9:30 a.m. at Como Lake Middle School (1121 King Albert Avenue), followed by a parade starting at 10:15 a.m. along Winslow Avenue to the cenotaph on Veteran’s Way. The service at the cenotaph will begin at 10:45 a.m., followed by a veteran, police and Fire/Rescue parade to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 263 (1025 Ridgeway Avenue).

About Park Spark

Park Spark is a program connecting community members, schools, organizations and businesses looking for opportunities to enhance Coquitlam’s parks through a variety of activities and experiences. Learn more at the Park Spark webpage.

Media Contact:
Kathleen Reinheimer
Manager Parks
Recreation, Parks and Culture