As we honour members of the armed forces and their sacrifices this Remembrance Day, The Chamber is proud to have a long history of commemorating the soldiers who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.
After the First World War, The Chamber was instrumental in helping create Memorial Avenue along Shelbourne Street.
Shelbourne was chosen as it offered enough space to commemorate every soldier from the city who died in the war. Chamber members helped plan the project and business owners rolled up their sleeves to dig holes for the trees.
During the Second World War, The Chamber's advocacy focused on supporting the war effort and ensuring local representation on national boards.
On Saturday, the Royal Canadian Legion Trafalgar/Pro Patria Branch #292 will open its doors at about noon, following the return of the Colour Party from official ceremonies. The Police Band, Police Chorus and others will perform to honour the memory of fallen soldiers and members of the Armed Forces who continue to serve.
The official Remembrance Day service for the province of BC includes a parade along Wharf, Government, Belleville and Menzies streets to the Legislature Grounds. A ceremony will take place at the Provincial Cenotaph in front of the Legislature from 10:30 am - 1 pm.
Greater Victoria municipalities are also hosting ceremonies in the region.
The Chamber hopes Nov. 11 is a day of reflection and remembrance for all.
The Chamber will be closed Monday, Nov. 13.