Sixteen new memorial medallions were placed along Shelbourne Street in honour of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Sixteen new memorial medallions were placed along Shelbourne Street in honour of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Commemorative medallions placed along Shelbourne Street for 100th Armistice Day

The ‘Road of Remembrance’ now extends past Saanich and into Victoria

Sixteen new medallions were placed along street signs on the Victoria portion of Shelbourne Street in honour of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, now known as Remembrance Day.

The medallions show a maple leaf flagged by poppies with the words “Memorial Avenue” and “Lest we forget”.

In 1921 the stretch of road was intended to be named Memorial Avenue with plans to plant London Plane trees along the strip to represent every solider lost in the First World War. More than 61,000 Canadians died in the First World War alone, so this plan never came into fruition.

READ MORE: City of Victoria adds medallions to ‘Road of Remembrance’

In 2018, however, the District of Saanich decided to install memorial medallions along the street signs from North Dairy to Cedar Hill Roads, an idea that inspired Victoria to do the same on Nov. 8.

“We have an opportunity, therefore, to each time we walk, drive or cycle along this street to routinely see these and give ourselves a chance to reflect for an instant on all that was contributed to creating the community we have by these individuals,” said acting Victoria Mayor Marianne Alto.

ALSO READ: Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps receives first poppy, launching the 2019 Poppy Campaign

The medallions were placed between North Dairy Road to Pembroke Street, alternating sides of the street every block.

“I salute you for the recognition extended to the more than 61,000 people who gave their lives defending the values that we hold dear,” said Angus Stanfield, chair of the Victoria Remembrance Day Committee.

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com

Like us on Facebook Send a Tweet to @NicoleCrescenzi
and follow us on Instagram

City of VictoriaRemembrance Day

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Patti Stockton, acting president of the Trafalgar/ProPatia Legion (left), acting Victoria Mayor Marianne Alto, and Angus Stanfield, Chair of the Victoria Remembrance Day Committee stood in front of the newly-placed memorial medallions along Shelbourne St. on Nov. 8, 2019. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Patti Stockton, acting president of the Trafalgar/ProPatia Legion (left), acting Victoria Mayor Marianne Alto, and Angus Stanfield, Chair of the Victoria Remembrance Day Committee stood in front of the newly-placed memorial medallions along Shelbourne St. on Nov. 8, 2019. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Just Posted

Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes delivers the inaugural address at council’s swearing-in ceremony in November 2018. The ceremony included blessings from representatives of two Christian churches. (Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes delivers the inaugural address at council’s swearing-in ceremony in November, 2018. The ceremony included blessings from representatives of two Christian churches – a fact highlighted in a report released by the BC Humanist Associaton on Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
Christian-based prayer at inaugural Vancouver Island council meetings violates court ruling

Blessings violate Supreme Court decision that prayer in council is discriminatory

Karl Ablack, chair of the Port Renfrew Recovery Task Force, says visitors should steer clear of the community after the second wave of COVID has begun to hit across the province. (Black Press Media file photo)
Port Renfrew, Pacheedaht First Nation asks visitors to steer clear of community again

Tight-knit community of 400 has yet to report single case of COVID

The BCCDC has added WestJet flight 3349 on Nov. 23 to its flight exposure list. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan)
New COVID-19 exposure on WestJet flight from Edmonton to Victoria

The BCCDC has added WestJet flight 3349 on Nov. 23 to its flight exposure list

Goldstream Food Bank vice-president Walter Dubeau is happy to help others by volunteering at the food bank’s Christmas hamper program. (Rick Stiebel/News Staff)
Goldstream Food Bank Christmas Hamper program in full swing

Gratitude evident as hamper helpers happily give back

A man wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of COVID-19 walks in downtown Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. The use of masks is mandatory in indoor public and retail spaces in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. records deadliest day of pandemic with 13 deaths, 738 new COVID-19 cases

Number of people in hospital is nearing 300, while total cases near 30,000

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Nov. 24

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

(AP Photo/Haven Daley)
POLL: Do you think the current COVID-19 restrictions should continue beyond Dec. 7?

One week into the new restrictions to curtail the spread of the… Continue reading

FILE - This May 4, 2020, file photo provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, shows the first patient enrolled in Pfizer's COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine clinical trial at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.  Pfizer announced Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, more results in its ongoing coronavirus vaccine study that suggest the shots are 95% effective a month after the first dose. (Courtesy of University of Maryland School of Medicine via AP, File)
VIDEO: B.C. planning for the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in the first weeks of 2021

The question of who will get the vaccine first relies on Canada’s ethical framework

This undated photo issued by the University of Oxford shows of vial of coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, in Oxford, England. (University of Oxford/John Cairns via AP)
Canada can make vaccines, just not the ones leading the COVID-19 race

Canada has spent more than $1 billion to pre-order seven different developing COVID-19 vaccines

British Columbia Premier John Horgan speaks during an announcement about a new regional cancer centre in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Horgan is set to introduce his NDP government’s new cabinet Thursday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Horgan’s NDP cabinet built to tackle pandemic, economic recovery, says former premier

Seven former NDP cabinet ministers didn’t seek re-election, creating vacancies in several high-profile portfolios

The COVID-19 test centre at Peace Arch Hospital is located on the building’s south side. (Tracy Holmes photo)
B.C. woman calls for consistency in COVID-19 post-test messaging

‘Could we just get one thing straight?’ asks Surrey’s Deb Antifaev

(File photo)
Alberta woman charged after allegedly hitting boy with watermelon at Okanagan campsite

Police say a disagreement among friends at an Adams Lake campsite turned ugly

Most Read