“You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.”– Winston S. Churchill
Once grounds for the provincial courthouse–Government Square was renamed to Victory Square two years after the Armistice of 1918. The Vancouver war memorial, the Victory Square Cenotaph, was unveiled in April 1924 to 25,000 people, and has since been the centre for all November 11th Rememberance Day services.
A ceremony like the one pictured above in the 1930s, will not be traditionally held this year–as the public is asked to Remember in Place at home, with COVID-19 cases on the rise once again. It’s cathartic to think about how different life must have been back then, yet how some things never change.
Photo Credit: Vancouver Archives