A cadet placed a poppy on the Fort Langley cenotaph during the 2017 Remembrance Day ceremony. (Langley Advance files)

A cadet placed a poppy on the Fort Langley cenotaph during the 2017 Remembrance Day ceremony. (Langley Advance files)

Fort Langley ceremony honours fallen on Nov. 11

The ceremony will see a few changes this year.

The Fort Langley cenotaph is expected be the site of one of the community’s largest Remembrance Day services again this year.

This year’s event begins with a procession at 10:25 a.m., starting near the west end of the Fort Langley Cemetery, said Jonathan Meads, one of the members of the organizing committee.

The service at the cenotaph itself starts at 10:40 a.m.

A flypast by the Fraser Blues vintage aircraft will take place at about 11 a.m., around the time of the two minutes of silence.

A piper and colour party will lead a group of veterans, active members of the Canadian Armed Forces, clergy, RCMP, Air Cadets, firefighters, local elected officials, Kwantlen First Nation elders, and Scouts and Guides.

The procession passes through the cemetery and by the graves of the almost 300 veterans who are buried within the cemetery grounds.

The gravestones have recently been cleaned by Scouts from Fort Langley and Walnut Grove, the second year the group has taken on the task of maintaining parts of the cemetery before Remembrance Day.

Although most of this will be familiar to those who have visited the cenotaph in the past few years, there are a few changes this year, said Meads.

To mark 100 years since the end of the First World War, there will be a reading of the names of the names of those from Langley who died between 1914 and 1918 in the conflict.

There are more than 40 names, said Langley historian Warren Sommer, who will read the names. Langley at the time had about 4,000 people in total.

Another change will be an act of peaceful recognition before the cenotaph by the Lightning Hawk Air Cadets and the Seaforth Highlanders.

The cadets and soldiers will each take up a position at the quadrants around the cenotaph before the ceremony begins, without weapons. Those undertaking the vigil will be rotated out every 10 or 15 minutes until the procession arrives, said Meads.

Most people are advised to find parking early or to walk, if they are coming from within the village of Fort Langley.

Veterans, elderly, and disabled attendees can park at St. Andrew’s Church, 9025 Glover Road.

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