Remembrance Day 2021 - Commemorating 100 years of the poppy

Together with the community, honour our veterans and their sacrifices at our virtual ceremony.

Even though there was no public gathering this year, this virtual ceremony continued an important tradition to honour our veterans and their sacrifices. The virtual ceremony featured:

  • poetry readings
  • a memorial address
  • two minutes of silence and the wreath ceremony
  • Music components will be provided by the Royal Westminster Regiment Band, the Dawco Triumph Street Pipe Band and Elizabeth Irving.

A Time to Remember

Honour Remembrance Day and commemorate with those close to you.

  • Wear a poppy.
  • Observe two minutes of silence at 11:00 am on November 11, no matter where you are.
  • Take time to learn and remember with the activities below.
  • 100th Anniversary of the Remembrance Poppy

    Learn about this important symbol.

    The theme of this year’s Remembrance Day Ceremony is the 100th Anniversary of the Remembrance Poppy in Canada. In 1921, inspired by John McCrae's "In Flanders Fields", Madame Anna Guérin, had an idea: to adopt the distribution of the Poppy on Armistice Day as a way to raise money for Veterans' needs and to remember those who had given their lives during the First World War. In July of 1921 the Great War Veterans Association (which in 1925 would unify with other Veteran groups to form the Canadian Legion) adopted the Poppy as the flower of Remembrance. Since then, this tradition of Remembrance has been upheld.

    Learn more about this important symbol:


  • Poppy Take-home Craft Kit

    Pick up a free craft kit, November 6 - 10, 2021.

    Did you know that the original poppies created 100 years ago looked very different than the ones we wear today? Children can pick up a kit with materials to make their very own 1921-style poppy at home. Get crafty and learn a little bit about the history of this famous Canadian symbol.

    New Westminster Public Library Main Branch (716 6th Avenue)
    New Westminster Public Library Queensborough Branch (920 Ewen Avenue)
    November 6 - 10, during operating hours

  • Artists Commemorating the Poppy

    View an online collection of local art featuring the poppy.

    Presented by the Arts Council of New Westminster,  a collection of local artists’ representations of the poppy is featured below.


  • The Poppy Project

    View the handmade blanket October 27 - November 12.

    The Poppy Project was organized by a group of knitters and crocheters from New Westminster. A collection of hand-made poppies were created for a large art installation meant to honour all members of our Canadian family who have had experience with the horrors of war. A large blanket was created, covered with hand-made poppies, to be a focal point of remembrance. This blanket will be on display at different City facilities leading up to Remembrance Day.

    • October 27 to November 2 - Queensborough Community Centre, 920 Ewen Avenue
    • November 2 to 8 - Centennial Community Centre, 65 East Sixth Avenue
    • November 8 to 12 - City Hall, 511 Royal Avenue
  • WWI Self-Guided Veterans Walking Tour

    November 11, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

    New Westminster’s Queen’s Park Neighbourhood
    Thursday, November 11
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Please note that if it is raining on November 11, the signs outside of each home will not be setup.

    A map ( showing the family homes of New Westminster veterans. Interpretive posters telling their stories were created by New Westminster’s Heritage Preservation Society and researched and written by local historian Jim Wolf. Museum staff will place these posters along the street outside each of the homes listed on the map for people to explore at their own pace.

    Presented by the New Westminster Heritage Preservation Society with support from the New Westminster Museum and Archives.

  • Books, eBooks and EMagazines from New Westminter Public Library

    A curated list of materials about Remembrance Day.

    The New Westminster Public Library has also curated a list of materials that are available to learn and honour Remembrance Day.

  • Contact Information

    For more information, please contact 604-525-7388 or

    Remembrance Day is offered in partnership with the New Westminster Royal Canadian Legion and Royal Westminster Regiment.

    The project is also made possible thanks to the support of The Arts Council of New Westminster, Dawco Triumph Street Pipe Band, Girl Guides of Canada, Job’s Daughters, Last Door, New Westminster Heritage Preservation Society, The Record, Scouts Canada, School District No. 40, St. John Ambulance, and Urban Academy School.