Remembrance Day

Retired Staff Sgt.-Maj. Kathy Rochlitz (left), Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin, Craig Thompson, Dave Sinclair and Norm Scott pose for a photo after presenting the first poppy at Government House on Oct. 25. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

B.C. lieutenant governor presented with first poppy to kick off 2022 campaign

Funds raised from annual Royal Canadian Legion poppy campaign supports veterans

Retired Staff Sgt.-Maj. Kathy Rochlitz (left), Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin, Craig Thompson, Dave Sinclair and Norm Scott pose for a photo after presenting the first poppy at Government House on Oct. 25. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
A ceremony at Lakeview Memorial Cemetery on May 8, 2022 (Brittany Webster - Capital News)

Memorial ceremony in Kelowna disrupted when woman drives over graves

People were gathered at Lakeview Memorial Cemetery to mark the anniversary of the end of WWII

A ceremony at Lakeview Memorial Cemetery on May 8, 2022 (Brittany Webster - Capital News)
A sign at the Winfield Cenotaph tells people looking for the Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 11, 2021 that the event has been cancelled due to a threat of violence. (Bobbi DiMaggio/Facebook)

Threat of violence directed at B.C. Remembrance Day ceremony

Ceremony location changed after threat that “somebody might get killed” if United Nations flag flown

A sign at the Winfield Cenotaph tells people looking for the Remembrance Day ceremony on Nov. 11, 2021 that the event has been cancelled due to a threat of violence. (Bobbi DiMaggio/Facebook)
A woman lays a wreath at the cenotaph in Hope on Remembrance Day. (Bill Dobbs photo)

Remembrance Day gatherings disrupted in British Columbia

Incidents in Kelowna and Kamloops mar Nov. 11 gatherings

A woman lays a wreath at the cenotaph in Hope on Remembrance Day. (Bill Dobbs photo)
2021 Abbotsford Remembrance Day service at Thunderbird Memorial Square. PHOTOS BY JOHN MORROW/ABBOTSFORD NEWS

PHOTOS: 2021 Abbotsford Remembrance Day ceremony

Service was held at Thunderbird Memorial Square

2021 Abbotsford Remembrance Day service at Thunderbird Memorial Square. PHOTOS BY JOHN MORROW/ABBOTSFORD NEWS
The ‘Immortal Poppy’ NFT. (Royal Canadian Legion)

‘The Immortal Poppy’: Canadian Legion sells NFTs for 100th anniversary

The Legion is selling poppy NFTs this year for the 100 year anniversary of the Canadian poppy

  • Nov 11, 2021
The ‘Immortal Poppy’ NFT. (Royal Canadian Legion)
A hanger on the site of a Second World War airfield that was part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan is seen near Claresholm, Alta., on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. The plan was a major program for Allied aircrews. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A hanger on the site of a Second World War airfield that was part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan is seen near Claresholm, Alta., on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. The plan was a major program for Allied aircrews. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Sentinels stand guard during the Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on November 11, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canadians welcomed to attend Remembrance ceremonies, told to wear masks and distance

Some restrictions and changes will nonetheless remain in place as COVID-19 continues to pose a threat

Sentinels stand guard during the Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on November 11, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Remembrance Day ceremonies have provided people with the opportunity to consider the sacrifices made by those who served during times of war. Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many ceremonies have been cancelled or are held online only. (Black Press file photo)

QUIZ: A time for remembrance

How much do you know about times of war?

Remembrance Day ceremonies have provided people with the opportunity to consider the sacrifices made by those who served during times of war. Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many ceremonies have been cancelled or are held online only. (Black Press file photo)
Bert Moody’s war diary.

Poetry in Mission veteran’s war diary provides insight into experience of Canadian POWs

Bert Moody fought in failed 1942 Dieppe Raid, held captive in German POW camp for over 2 years

Bert Moody’s war diary.
MP Ed Fast prepares to lay a wreath at the cenotaph at Thunderbird Memorial Square during the 2020 Remembrance Day ceremony. The event is by invitation only again this year, but it is being live-streamed on the City of Abbotsford website. (John Morrow/The Abbotsford News)

Remembrance Day service in Abbotsford goes virtual for 2021

Event will be live-streamed on City of Abbotsford website

MP Ed Fast prepares to lay a wreath at the cenotaph at Thunderbird Memorial Square during the 2020 Remembrance Day ceremony. The event is by invitation only again this year, but it is being live-streamed on the City of Abbotsford website. (John Morrow/The Abbotsford News)
Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence Minister Lawrence MacAulay responds to a question during a news conference in Ottawa on November 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Government will hire more staff to address veterans’ backlog, caseloads: minister

Announcement made in the wake of 5-part Canadian Press series on veteran’s issues

Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence Minister Lawrence MacAulay responds to a question during a news conference in Ottawa on November 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Glenn Smith, an Abbotsford veteran, has taken the role of coordinator for the Unmarked Grave Program in B.C. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)

Unmarked Grave Program looking for Canada’s lost veterans

Last Post Fund’s gravesite program giving veterans final respects

Glenn Smith, an Abbotsford veteran, has taken the role of coordinator for the Unmarked Grave Program in B.C. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)
Veteran Matthew Kane poses for a photograph in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, November 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Veteran Matthew Kane poses for a photograph in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, November 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh speaks during a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Federal leaders remember sacrifices, injustices endured by Indigenous veterans

Flags on federal government buildings lowered to acknowledge the service of Indigenous veterans

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh speaks during a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Veteran Jeffrey Shepherd walks back to the house with his wife Christine from their backyard in Casselman, Ont., on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

The Burden: veterans’ injuries take toll on families and caregivers

Advocates and others say federal supports fall short of what is needed

Veteran Jeffrey Shepherd walks back to the house with his wife Christine from their backyard in Casselman, Ont., on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Minister of Veterans Affairs Lawrence MacAulay uses his phone as he arrives for a cabinet meeting in Ottawa, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Tens of thousands of Canadian veterans who sustained long-term injuries from their military service are waiting to find out whether Veterans Affairs Canada will approve their disability claims. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

The Backlog: Thousands of veterans with disabilities are waiting years for support

Tens of thousands of veterans are waiting to see if their injuries qualify them for support

Minister of Veterans Affairs Lawrence MacAulay uses his phone as he arrives for a cabinet meeting in Ottawa, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Tens of thousands of Canadian veterans who sustained long-term injuries from their military service are waiting to find out whether Veterans Affairs Canada will approve their disability claims. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Canadian soldiers Benjamin Van Eck, left, and Dan Campbell are shown in Kandahar, Afghanistan in this 2007 handout image. While Campbell would eventually settle down to start a family, Van Eck struggled with drug addiction and homelessness after hanging up his uniform before his lifeless body was found on the streets of London, Ont., this past June. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Dan Campbell, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

The Streets: Ottawa faces calls to step up on veteran homelessness

Grassroots organizations have stepped in to feel in the gaps left by government services

Canadian soldiers Benjamin Van Eck, left, and Dan Campbell are shown in Kandahar, Afghanistan in this 2007 handout image. While Campbell would eventually settle down to start a family, Van Eck struggled with drug addiction and homelessness after hanging up his uniform before his lifeless body was found on the streets of London, Ont., this past June. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Dan Campbell, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
FILE – The Canadian flag flies at half-mast at the funeral for Lionel Desmond and his mother Brenda Desmond at St. Peter’s Church in Tracadie, N.S. on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. Desmond killed his mother, wife and young daughter before taking his own life earlier in the month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

The Caseload: Veterans Affairs staff overwhelmed by number of vets assigned to them

An internal review released in 2019 found case managers spent more time filling out paperwork than helping veterans directly

FILE – The Canadian flag flies at half-mast at the funeral for Lionel Desmond and his mother Brenda Desmond at St. Peter’s Church in Tracadie, N.S. on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. Desmond killed his mother, wife and young daughter before taking his own life earlier in the month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Grade 11 Brookswood Secondary student Charlie Farquharson, 16, wrote and recorded a rap song for Remembrance Day last year as part of a Grade 10 class assignment. He did the entirety of the project from his home computer using software he was already familiar with, calling writing and recording music a hobby. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

B.C. teen writes, records rap to bring Remembrance Day to forefront for youth

16-year-old Charlie Farquharson says youth should be engaged in different ways

Grade 11 Brookswood Secondary student Charlie Farquharson, 16, wrote and recorded a rap song for Remembrance Day last year as part of a Grade 10 class assignment. He did the entirety of the project from his home computer using software he was already familiar with, calling writing and recording music a hobby. (Special to Langley Advance Times)