Veterans

Langley Legion Branch 21 hosts services at Douglas Park

Langley City’s legion organizes Wednesday’s Remembrance Day .

A change to the office of the Royal Canadian Legion Langley Branch 21 won’t prevent the annual honouring of veterans through a local ceremony.

While the branch may have moved, this year’s Remembrance Day ceremony is business as usual, said branch manager secretary, Heather Erikson.

“It’s probably one of the most moving ceremonies that the Legions do,” Erikson said of Remembrance Day events.

The annual parade will muster at 10 a.m. in the alley behind the former Legion office between Fraser Highway and 56th Avenue, off 206th Street or Salt Lane.

Led by the colour party, the parade will include veterans and first responders on the march to the cenotaph in Douglas Park commencing at 10:25 a.m.

Erikson noted the importance of the ceremony is, “So that we can keep the memories alive of those who have fallen. We can give back to our veterans, their families and our community.”

The ceremony at the park usually begins a few minutes before the observation of two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. The Fraser Blues formation flying team will pass over at about 11:05 a.m.

Presentations and laying of wreaths conclude by noon when attendees are welcome to take part in a event at the Langley Masonic Hall on Fraser Highway.

“It starts after the ceremony in Douglas Park,” said Erikson. “There will be entertainment and a few refreshments.”

The Langley Legion Branch 21 is still very active in the community from the new office at 20681 56th Ave. (See story about the changes on A21.)

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