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Oct 30, 2014 Return to Headlines

Coquitlam Remembers at Blue Mountain Park

by GS GS |

COQUITLAM, BC, Thursday, October 30, 2014 – With Remembrance Day approaching, and the recent incidents in Ottawa, many Canadians are looking for a meaningful way to honour all those who have served our country. The following events have been planned in Coquitlam:

Poppies & Messages of Remembrance (November 4 – 10, 2014)

Coquitlam's Park Spark team will be hosting a special remembrance event at Blue Mountain Park at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 4. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 263 and students from Como Lake Middle School will be planting 100 poppies on the corner of King Albert Street and Veterans Way to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the First World War.

In addition to planting poppies, members of the public are also invited to participate by:

  • Painting poppies on the grass at Blue Mountain Park as part of a temporary public art display. Community members are encouraged to stop by the park from Tuesday, November 4 to Monday, November 10 to paint a poppy of their own, and;
  • Writing a message of remembrance on yellow ribbons to be tied on trees in Blue Mountain Park. These ribbons will be kept up until November 18, and then will be transcribed and forwarded to a Canadian Veterans Group.

Please note that these activities are weather dependant, and community members are encouraged to check the City of Coquitlam's website (coquitlam.ca/parkspark) or social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) to confirm what time staff will be at the park each day. All necessary equipment will be supplied. Participants should wear clothing appropriate for painting or working outdoors. Meet on the corner of King Albert Street and Veterans Way.

Park Spark is a new volunteer program connecting community members, schools, organizations and businesses looking for opportunities to enhance Coquitlam’s parks through a variety of activities and events. Learn more at coquitlam.ca/parkspark.

Coquitlam Remembrance Day Ceremony (November 11, 2014)

A traditional Remembrance Day ceremony will also be hosted by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 263, at the Blue Mountain Park Cenotaph on Tuesday, November 11. The ceremony will start at 10:00 a.m. at Como Lake Middle School (1121 King Albert Avenue). Immediately following, at 10:30 a.m., there will be a parade along Winslow Avenue to the cenotaph on Veterans Way. The service at the cenotaph will begin 11:00 a.m., followed by a veteran, police and Fire/Rescue parade to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 263 (1025 Ridgeway Avenue).


For more information, contact:
Kathleen Reinheimer
Parks and Facilities Manager