UBC’s Ceremony for Remembrance Day

Veterans’ Week 2021, November 5 to 11 – How Will You Remember?

During this week, hundreds of commemorative ceremonies and events will take place across the country to recognize the achievements of our Veterans and honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

For more information please visit the Veterans Affairs Canada website.

UBC’s Ceremony for Remembrance Day, November 11, 2021


Since the opening of the War Memorial Gym in 1951, The University of British Columbia has held a ceremony commemorating November 11. This year, 2021 will mark seventy-one years that The University of British Columbia has hosted a Remembrance Day ceremony. This special ceremony is an opportunity for faculty, staff, students and members of the on and off-campus community to honour and remember all those who served in times of war, military conflict and peace.

This year’s ceremony will include participation and recognition of UBC’s two major campuses—in Vancouver and the Okanagan. The Remembrance Day Ceremony will include short readings, remarks from special guests and musical performances by the UBC’s School of Music.

For photos from the First World War – UBC Library Archives: Photos from the First World War – UBC Library Archives

Ceremony Details

10:00 a.m. Doors open
10:45 a.m. Ceremony begins

War Memorial Gymnasium
6081 University Blvd
Vancouver, BC – (map)

Accessibility Entrance Information

Parking – Please visit UBC Parking for parking options. We recommend North Parkade or the Health Sciences Parkade for discount parking ($10/day). The discounted rate will be available at the pay stations or with the Honk Mobile app. We will have a limited number of complimentary parking spots for veterans and those with disability parking permits and along 6000 and 6100 block of University Blvd.

COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols

  • Non-medial masks are required
  • Proof of vaccination for those age 12+ is required. Please have your BC Vaccine Card and a piece of valid government photo ID ready to check when you arrive.

UBC Event Covid-19 Safety Plan pdf

We have a limited number of seats available to attend the ceremony, and we ask attendees to pre-register for the ceremony.



Watch the event livestream from home

2021 UBC Remembrance Day Program pdf

Platform Party:

Members of the 2021 platform party include:

  • The Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, and MP, Vancouver Quadra
  • The Honourable David Eby, Attorney General, Minister Responsible for Housing, and MLA, Vancouver-Point Grey
  • Alec Dan, Musqueam Indian Band
  • Friba Rezayee, Community Member, & Master Corporal McKenzie Robinson, Project Coordinator, Institute for Veterans Education and Transition, UBC
  • HOST: Santa J. Ono, President and Vice-Chancellor, UBC
  • EMCEE: Professor Nancy Hermiston, O.C., University Marshal and Director, Opera Ensemble, UBC School of Music

Participating Community Organizations for 2021:

Wreaths will be laid by or on behalf of the following organizations, all with connections to UBC:

Recognized wreaths:

Canadian Army

  • Canadian Army members in front of Ike K. Barber Learning Centre during WWII (Photo courtesy of UBC Library Archives)