There will be a moment of silence and thoughtful remembrance this weekend in Nanaimo and Lantzville.
Both municipalities will hold Remembrance Day ceremonies on Monday, Nov. 11.
The Nanaimo ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. at Dallas Square downtown following a parade leading to the cenotaph.
The Lantzville ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. at Huddlestone Park after a parade from Lantzville School Road.
The region’s three Royal Canadian Legion branches will be hosting more of the day’s events.
At the Mount Benson Branch 256 Legion on East Wellington Road, breakfast will be served from 7-8:30 a.m. followed by a Remembrance Day service in the hall at 9 a.m. After that, there will be time for people to make their way downtown and back for the Dallas Square ceremony before lunch is served back at the legion hall at noon. The Bowen Senior Songsters, the Mount Benson Ceili Band and Guy Bezeau and Island Country are the scheduled musical acts.
The Harewood Branch 10 Legion will open after veterans and dignitaries arrive back at the hall following the downtown parade and ceremony. Lunch will be laid out at that time and Brandon Cowie will DJ in the afternoon followed by a performance by the Sons of Guns at 7 p.m.
Lantzville’s Remembrance Day parade will stage next to the Branch 257 Legion with the parade and service to follow at the Huddlestone Park cenotaph. At noon there will be hotdogs and drinks for kids at Costin Hall, while the legion will host a soup lunch at the same time. The Pacific Gael Pipe Band will play at 12:30 p.m. followed by the Heart of the Island Chorus at 1 p.m. and then the Nanaimo Concert Band from 2-4 p.m. The legion will host a roast beef dinner with all the fixings at 4 p.m., free for veterans and $5 for everyone else. After that, there will be music in the lounge from 6-10 p.m.