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June 18, 2014
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June 18, 2014

Mark your calendars for two milestone events happening in New Westminster this fall

New Westminster – The City of New Westminster would like to encourage everyone to “save the date” for two major events that will be taking place in fall 2014: the grand opening of Anvil Centre on Sunday, September 14 and the unveiling of a Wait for Me Daddy War Memorial on Saturday, October 4. Both events will take place in Downtown New Westminster at Columbia and Eighth Street.

New Westminster celebrates the completion of its very first conference and cultural facility on Sunday, September 14 from noon to 6:00 pm, with the official Ribbon Cutting ceremony at 1:30 pm.  The Anvil Centre opening will offer a variety of interactive activities, performances, facility tours and much more for all ages. Besides conference spaces, Anvil Centre includes meeting rooms, a 364 seat theatre, a new media gallery, the City’s museum and several multi-purpose rooms for cultural programming. Bring the whole family and experience this beautiful new venue for yourself.

On Saturday, October 4 at Hyack Square at 11:00 am, the City will unveil a Wait for Me Daddy War Memorial – a bronze war memorial sculpture based on the iconic war photo by Vancouver Province newspaper photographer Claude P. Dettloff which was snapped at that very spot in New Westminster almost 75 years ago. Prior to unveiling the war memorial, Canada Post will be on stage to officially unveil a national commemorative stamp featuring the “Wait for Me Daddy” photo. After the formal ceremonies, Canada Post will be located inside Anvil Centre to launch first day sales of the stamp. In addition, our City’s Museum will open a Wait for Me Daddy exhibit and a number of other commemorative activities will take place.

“I’d like to invite everyone to mark their calendars for these two noteworthy fall events in our city - one of local significance and the other of national significance.” said Mayor Wayne Wright. “It’s always great to celebrate initiatives of this magnitude with our community and all those involved in bringing these large projects to fruition.”

For more information about these projects, please visit the following websites and be sure to follow both projects on social media for details on events as they are made available:






Ruby Campbell, Community Projects Coordinator