On Remembrance Day, four decorative lights at the north and south entrances to the Burrard Bridge will be lit in honour of the veterans of the First World War.
The stained glass lights were designed 80 years ago in the aftermath of the war. They create a stunning flickering effect when lit, reminiscent of the braziers Canadian soldiers used for warmth in the trenches during WW1.
“During Veterans Week and on Remembrance Day, it is important that we all take time to remember and reflect upon the sacrifices made by Canada’s veterans,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The lighting of the Burrard Bridge on Remembrance Day will be a powerful symbol of how their service endures as an inspiration to us all and lives on in the values and freedoms that define Vancouver as a city.”
Due to the age and historic design of these light fixtures, it has been increasingly difficult to keep them working. As a result, they were turned off in late 2009 and have remained off until this past month when City of Vancouver electrical crews were able to make temporary repairs.
The City of Vancouver plans to make necessary upgrades to these celebrated lights and also repair select lights on the Burrard Bridge when the bridge railings are replaced. The design work for this important restoration is underway and will be scheduled as part of the upcoming Capital Plan.
To find a list of Remembrance Day events happening across the city, please click here
In addition, a reminder for Vancouver veterans: City parking is free of charge with veterans' licence plates fro November 5th to 11th in honour of Veterans' Week and Remembrance Day.