Burrard Bridge lamp beacons permanently relit to honour war veterans
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 #BurrardBridge braziers are lit once again – huge thanks to our partners @VanHeritage @RUSI_org @VeteransENG_CA for this special & powerful tribute recognizing our WWI soldiers. pic.twitter.com/WGOaOzTdho
— City of Vancouver (@CityofVancouver) January 24, 2018
Grateful to join re-lighting of historic braziers installed in 1932 atop north & south ends of #BurrardBridge – inspired by how soldiers stayed warm. They honour Canadians who served in WW1 on 100th year & all veterans past and present. @VanHeritage @VeteransENG_CA pic.twitter.com/ZutkMeZcIX
— Sarah Kirby-Yung (@sarahkirby_yung) January 24, 2018
Wow – great lights. Lots of symbolism in these lights. #BurrardBridge @MayorGregor pic.twitter.com/fjjQE3wivz
— Heather Deal (@VanRealDeal) January 24, 2018
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.