VANCOUVER - Under crisp, clear skies in Vancouver, thousands of people lined the streets to mark Remembrance Day at Victory Square.

Alfred Wallace says he comes to the event every year to remember his grandfather who died in the Second World War and say a prayer for those who survived.

In reading the prayer of remembrance, Maj.-Rev. Jim Short recalled those who died at home and abroad, but also singled out those who have been wounded in war - in mind, body or spirit.

He offered special words of support to the loved ones of those who took their own lives in or after their military service.

Short also urged Canada to welcome with open arms people who are fleeing war and looking for a new home.

In a statement, Vancouver MP and Canada's new Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says while Nov. 11 is a time for historic reflection, it's also a time that resonates with military members and their families, for whom the burden of war is a very current reality.