Remembrance Day in Chinatown 2010

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Louis is an aboriginal veteran, and he always comes to stand with his friends in Pacific Unit 280, for the Chinatown Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Canadian Chinese Pioneer Monument at Keefer Triangle.

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Albert Woo lines up the wreaths in order of presentation.

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The numbers of smaller each year for the members of Pacific Unit 280 each year.

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Little Beavers attend the ceremony, but were too small to see anything going on, as the crowds were large and tightly compressed around the monument.

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Alec Louie, the main subject of the NFB documentary Unwanted Soldiers, directed by his daughter Jari Osbourne.  On his left side is Robert Kent.

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Larry Wong, curator for Chinese Canadian Military Museum.  Larry has been a friend for many years, as we were both on the inaugural One Book One Vancouver committee for his friend Wayson Choy's “The Jade Peony”.  Larry is also a playwright, writer and served on many organizations including Chinese Canadian Historical Soceity, Vancouver Historical Society, and now our Friends of Foo's Ho Ho Committee.

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Here I am, laying the wreath for Rev. Chan Legacy.  I am the 5th generation, the great-great grandson of Rev. Chan Yu Tan, who came to Canada in 1896.

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Wreath for the Rev. Chan Legacy…. Four grandsons of Rev. Chan Yu Tan went to war during WW2.  Three sons of his daughter Kate – Daniel, Howard and Leonard Lee, of Vancouver + Victor Wong of Victoria, by his daughter Rose.  Unfortunately Daniel passed away earlier this January.  He always played major organizing roles for both Victory Square and Chinatown services.  Victor leads the Chinese Canadian Veterans Association in Victoria.  Leonard lives in Toronto.  Howard passed on during the '70's.

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Wreath being laid for City of Vancouver, by Mayor Gregor Robertson and Councilor Ellen Woodsworth.

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Ed Lee and Don Davies, MP for Vancouver Kingsway.  Ed is telling stories to Don, for each of his medals.

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