Remembrance Day is on Sunday, November 11th. I have a little one who isn’t in school yet, but I think there are still ways to help her understand what Remembrance Day is all about. I’d love to take her to an event but I worry she’s gonna go cray during the moment of silence, throw a tantrum because she wants to go to the playground instead. But thankfully, there are a number of events going on all over the city that have their own little kid-friendly spin on honouring and remembering those that have put their lives on the line for peace and freedom here and around the world.
Surrey at Crescent Beach Remembrance
If you have a little one who loves airplanes, the ceremony in Surrey at Crescent Beach will have a flypast. You can expect the sea, army, air cadets and the RCMP for the followed by laying of wreaths.
The Service starts at 10:30 am at the Legion hall at 2643 128th Street, Surrey. More info.
Fort Langley Heritage Garden Remembrance Day
In Fort Langley, volunteers have been working hard on prepping a special remembrance day tribute in the gardens across from the St. Andrews Cemetery. You can walk through the garden at your own pace and on your own time, to talk about Remembrance Day with your little ones, light a candle or plant some poppy seeds.
The Gardens are located across from St. Andrews Cemetery 23105 St. Glover Road. More info.
New Westminster Remembrance Day Ceremony
And if you’re into the pipes, bands and parades, New West will have a big Remembrance Day ceremony at the Armouries. There will be a sombre parade to the cenotaph in front of City Hall, followed by the wreath laying ceremony.
The event starts at 9:45 am with a parade to the Cenotaph. More info.
Crafts are also a really good way to introduce the idea of Remembrance Day to your little one.
Here are cute little cupcake liner poppies that you can display in a vase at home.
Or how about these apple print poppies? Perfect for toddlers and kindergarten-aged children.
If your little one wants to wear a poppy too, you can create a safe one to wear by hot glueing two magnets to your poppy like this…
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