BCR Annual Events
The City of Vancouver holds its Remembrance Day ceremony at the Victory Square Cenotaph on West Hastings Street between Cambie and Hamilton streets at 10:30 a.m. Usually a prelude will start at 10:10 a.m, with various musical performances. After the ceremony a parade of veterans, former service personnel, and Canadian Forces travels west on Hastings, marching past the saluting base at Seymour Street and Hastings.
Battle of Saint Julien Service
The village of Julian can be found a little to the north-east of Ypres in the Flemish province of West Flanders. Here, in the early part of the First World War, an army of seven divisions stood it's ground before the pick of the world's greatest military force. It was during this battle that the Germans unleashed the first of the horrific mustard gas assaults. The loss of life for the BCR's small armory in the Battle of St Julien was profound. On April 22, 1915, 24 officers and 900 men went into battle, 2 days later only 6 officers and 325 men returned safely.
Every year there is a service is held in the BCR armory on Beatty Street in memory the soldiers who fought in Battle of SainT Julien. The Irish Pipes and Drums proudly performs in this service to honour the men who were lost in this battle.
Other Annual Events
Bowfest is one of the bands favorite events.
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Saint Patricks Day
This day is the national holiday of Ireland, a bank holiday in Northern Ireland and a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Montserrat, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Being the descendents of the Irish Fusiliers in Canada and the only Irish pipe band in Canada, St Patrick's Day is a big event for the BCR. The Irish Pipes and Drums have become a visible symbol of the Irish heritage in the city.
The CelticFest is a big part of our year and the band will play in various venues over the St Patrick's festivities and will be featured in the parade.