Remembrance day started early for me, as I cycled along 10th avenue at Arbutus Street, Motorcycle Police were blocking traffic to let three C3-105mm Field Howitzer Canons pulled by M1vw trucks pass, along their way from Bessborough Armory (2035 West 11th) to the Vancouver Harbor Waterfront for the sound effects part of the Remembrance Day ceremonies.
Later on, I was able to grab my camera gear and head down to the Cenotaph at Victory Square, Cambie and Hastings Street to partake of the Remembrance.
Most years, I get to the Cenotaph early. This time, I arrived at about 10:30, as the Recessional poured into the street in front of the memorial at Victory Square. I don’t think I’ve seen this many people at a Remembrance Day!
I tried to get closer, at least within 400mm camera lens distance, but it was a lot of work threading through bodies unwilling to let me pass. I would up under the columns of the Dominion Building to snap a few shots from this vantage point. I am able to see a little bit of the podium between heads in the way.
Soon, I realized that it wouldn’t get any better. I headed back to the west along Hastings street until I was out of the wave of poppy bearing people. I decided to stick around here at this point, before the Fly By, just to see what I could see…
Sharing a moment of joy during the ceremony.
A youngster bearing poppy and Official Remembrance Day Service Program. The future will also remember!
And this I noticed towering over Hastings street. A beat up, torn flag fluttering in the cold wind. Several others noticed what I was doing, and nick-named it, “Harper’s Flag” while other’s called it an embarrassment to Vancouver. What a nerve, a beat up flag residing over our veteran’s day, The 90th Service since the first which honored our First World War Glorious Dead.
By this time, it is past a moment of silence and the roar of vintage aircraft roared overhead.
Near as I can tell, this is a CP-140 Aurora from the 407th Squadron. This huge, four-engine prop plane has been seen on other fly overs.
Other planes, such as this Beech Expeditor have also been seen overhead during November 11th Remembrance.
Plus some training aircraft, wrapping up this year’s Remembrance.