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Wreath to be laid at Richmond Remembrance Day to remember Const. Shaelyn Yang

Remembrance Day service is back in-person this year after a hiatus because of COVID-19.

Sylvia Hart, the mother-in-law of Const. Shaelyn Yang, will lay a wreath at the Richmond Remembrance Day ceremony in memory of Yang and on behalf of Silver Cross Mothers this Friday.

Yang, who was a Richmond resident, was stabbed and died of her injuries after attending a homeless campsite in Burnaby where she worked as an RCMP officer.

The Silver Cross, whose official name is the Memorial Cross, was created in 1919 to recognize widows and mothers of those who died on behalf of their country.

The Remembrance Day ceremony is back this year with a full in-person gathering and procession.

Matthew McBride, chair of the Remembrance Day Committee, said he expects between 850 and 900 people in the parade this year.

Taking part in the parade will be the RCMP, the 39th Service Battalion, six cadet corps, Richmond Fire-Rescue, St. John Ambulance, Canadian Border Services Agency, Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue and other service agencies.

Streets will be closed and traffic patterns changed between 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. During this time, there will be restricted road access in both directions on Granville Avenue between Minoru Boulevard and Buswell Street; No. 3 Road will also be closed in both directions from Park Road to Bennett Road.

The ceremony itself is about 17 minutes long and will include the national anthem, opening remarks, RC Palmer choir performance of In Flanders Fields, a piper playing Amazing Grace, after which McBride will tell a story about a fallen soldier whose name is on the cenotaph.

To watch the event live, click on the “Watch Ceremony” button at The recording will also be available to view in its entirety following the ceremony.