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Burrard Bridge lamp beacons permanently relit to honour war veterans

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Kenneth Chan Jan 24, 2018 4:31 pm 1,482

Braziers on both ends of the Burrard Street Bridge have been permanently relit after repairs were recently made to the stained glass lamp beacons.

According to the City of Vancouver, the beacons were first installed in 1932 as a memorial to the sacrifices of Canadian soldiers in World War I.

The two pairs of lamps on each end of the bridge were originally designed to replicate the flickering charcoal brazier fires lit by soldiers to stay warm while they were prisoners of war.

Each one-storey-high lamp sits on top of a four-storey-high concrete pillar.

Repairs were performed as part of the recent $35-million Burrard Bridge upgrade project, which restored and technically upgraded the braziers with LED lighting.

The braziers will now remain lit as a bright symbol and tribute to all those who “made the ultimate sacrifice in World War I and all subsequent Wars and peacekeeping missions,” says the municipal government.

The relighting comes just months ahead of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Other elements of the upgrade project include reducing the vehicle lanes from five to four to accommodate widened bike lanes, new concrete railings, suicide-prevention fencing, and miniature concrete pillars that support art deco-themed lamps along the length of the bridge deck.

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Kenneth Chan
National Features Editor at Daily Hive, the evolution of Vancity Buzz. He covers local architecture, urban issues, politics, business, retail, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, and the travel industry. Kenneth is also a Co-Founder of New Year's Eve Vancouver. Connect with him at kenneth[at]dailyhive.com

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