In 2018, the 100th anniversary of the November 11, 1918 Armistice which brought an end to the fighting of the First World War was observed. During the four years of war, many people from Vancouver stepped forward to serve, from all communities and walks of life, including not only those with strong connections to Europe but also Chinese Canadians, Japanese Canadians and members of local First Nations. The devastating losses were felt by all.
The observance of a special time of remembrance began in 1919 in Commonwealth countries including Canada. As the Armistice took effect at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, acts of remembrance occur at this time each year in many countries across the globe.
In the years that followed the end of the war, several monuments and places in Vancouver were created in honour and memory of Canadians who had served and those who lost their lives during the war. Across Canada there are over 6,000 monuments and cenotaphs dedicated to remembering those who fought in the 1914-18 conflict. Many memorials installed to mark the First World War were later rededicated to also mark the Second World War (1939-45) as well as new ones created and some now also note subsequent conflicts. Today, Remembrance Day and the ceremonies held honour and remember all who have served Canada and continue to do so in war, conflict and peace.