Since 2016 we have hosted ‘Let Peace be Their Memorial’, an annual wreath-laying ceremony. On Monday November 11, 2019 we commemorated civilian victims of war, in Vancouver’s Seaforth Peace Park, with about 275 in attendance. Our keynote speaker was Fazineh Keita of Innocence Lost Foundation . This year the Multifaith Action Society joined BC Humanist Association as co-hosts, and we thank the many volunteers who helped with preparation – contact us to give a hand next year.
Devin Gillan recorded a video of the event on youtube (1h 25m).
After the ceremony the wreaths were located outdoors for a week at Canadian Memorial Centre for Peace, and Unitarian Church of Vancouver.
Other locations around Canada emphasized the yearning for peace. See for example
- “Halifax Remembers Peace:K’jipuktuk 2019“
- “vigile du 11 novembre 2019 à Montréal“
- “vigile du 11 novembre 2019 à Gatineau”
- Salt Spring Island
Over 200 people attended in 2018. IOur keynote speaker was Tima Kurdi of the Kurdi Foundation . A Syrian-born resident of Coquitlam, she has been speaking around the world of the plight of Syrian and other refugees. Her book “The Boy on the Beach” is a heartwarming and heartrending story about impossible choices forced on a happy ordinary family. Here is the audio from her talk (11 minutes mp3 6MB).
Several people asked for Teresa’s talk on “war doesn’t work” here it is (5 minutes mp3 , 3 MB).
Sachi Komura Rummel again in 2018 laid a wreath in memory of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Her memoir Hiroshima – Memories of a Survivor is available from Amazon.ca
Older Ceremony: Let Peace be Their Memorial, November 11, 2017
About 180 people joined us (despite the rain) at Seaforth Peace Park Saturday, November 11 at 2:30 pm for Let Peace be Their Memorial, Mourning Less-Recognized Victims of War, a wreath laying ceremony commemorating civilian victims of war and conflict.
The keynote speaker was Jennifer Weterings of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders Canada
This free, public, city sanctioned event was again co-hosted by Vancouver Peace Poppies and the BC Humanist Association at the south plaza of Seaforth Peace Park (Burrard @ 1st Ave) from 2:30 to 3:45pm on Remembrance Day.
Afterwards, the beautiful wreaths were moved to two outdoor locations until Thursday November 16: Canadian Memorial Centre for Peace 1825 16th Ave W. (near Burrard) (Refugees, Women, Conscientious Objectors, Medical Aid, Peace Philosophy Centre, Afghanistan, ALPHA/Nanking, Syria, Parks Board)
and to the Unitarian Church of Vancouver 949 West 49th Ave (at Oak) (Yemen, Vancouver Save Article 9, Peace Advocates, Environment, Palestine, Peace, Education, PTSD, Child Soldiers, Indigenous). The Child Soldier wreath was laid by Fazineh Keita, former child soldier from the Sierra Leone civil war. See InnocenceLostFoundation.com for their Nov 17 fundraising concert at St James Community Centre.
Click here to download press release for 2017 Wreath Ceremony.
Click here for history of SeaForth Peace Park from the Vancouver Heritage Foundation.