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The sacrifices made by men and women during wartime, peacekeeping and other missions loom large in our collective memory. Christ Church Cathedral will make them loom larger this year through a new project called Remembrance Illuminated. For four evenings leading up to and including Remembrance Day (Nov. 8-11), photos of Victorians and other Canadians will be projected several stories high onto the south tower of the cathedral.   

The public can view the 20-minute display from the south green space known as Cathedral Commons (Burdett Avenue and Quadra Street) at any time during the two-hour presentation each evening. There will be refreshments provided and people are welcome to explore the wartime display inside the cathedral.     

“This illumination is intended as a gift to the community – an artistic reminder of Canadians’ role in international conflict from World War I and II through peacekeeping missions and Afghanistan,” said Michael Utgaard, who leads the creative team for the event.    

Coordinated by Christ Church Cathedral, the event is supported by the Canadian Scottish Regimental Museum and the Regimental Pipe Band and the BC/Yukon branch of the Royal Canadian Legion as well as The Western Front Association (Pacific Branch) and United Rentals and Shoestring Filmworks. “This illumination project offers a chance for families to reflect on the sacrifices made by our community members and others,” said Ansley Tucker, dean of Christ Church Cathedral. “The Cathedral Commons is a natural gathering place for the immediate neighbourhood and beyond. We welcome people to join us.”