Lest we forget to honour those who fought for our freedom. Here are just some of the ways you and your family can remember our fallen soldiers and heroes on November 11.
Field of Crosses
Every fall, 3,000 crosses are planted on the field beside Memorial Drive between 3 Street NW and Centre Street to honour 3,000 Southern Alberta soldiers who gave their lives in battles dating back to the Boer War. A walk through the rows of crosses will reveal the names of each soldier, their rank and how old they were when they fell victim to the enemy. A flag raising ceremony at sunrise and sunset at the site will truly impact every visitor. The flag ceremony will be held twice daily from now until November 11 with a Remembrance Day Service beginning at 10:30 am.
Lunchbox Theatre Tribute
An original play by J.P. Thibodeau and Joe Slabe entitled Lest We Forget is on stage now at Lunchbox Theatre featuring songs by a variety of Canadian composers. It’s a musical look at how war can impact everyone whether they’re on the battle field or here at home. Daily performances except Sunday at Lunchbox Theatre, now located at 115 – 9 Avenue SE.
Chinook Centre Remembers
Members of the Royal Canadian Legion will be selling poppies and collecting donations at select retailers throughout the mall and a unique art exhibit created by Buffalo Rubbing Stone School students will be on display. On November 11 at 11 a.m. a bugler will call out the 11th hour moment of silence.
Calgary Aero Space Museum
The annual ceremony at the museum is very popular and the public is encouraged to arrive before 10:15 am to get a seat as everyone should be ready by 10:20 am. It’s hoped the ceremony can be conducted outside, weather depending. Admission to the museum will be free on November 11 until closing at 4:00 pm. The museum is located in north east Calgary at 4629 McCall Way.
An Alternative Ceremony at Peace Park
There’s a sandstone arch on 2 Ave SW at 8 Street SW that was once part of the Strathcona Building, built during World War II. Today it stands as a memorial tribute to soldiers who fought in the First and Second World Wars and the 1950s Korean War. This gathering is more about story telling and discussions about building peace. It begins at 12:30 pm in the Peace Park.
CP Remembrance Day
Canadian Pacific honours the 33,000 employees that went to war in the last century. A ceremony will be held beginning at 10:30 am at Memorial Square at 7550 Ogden Dale Road SE which was built by CP to commemorate the centenary of World War I. The public is welcome to attend in addition in addition to Canadian Pacific employees past and present.
Burnsland Cemetery Tours
This historic cemetery on the east side of Macleod Trail off Spiller Road SE is where more than 22,000 Calgary heroes have been laid to rest in the last 100 years. A 90-minute guided tour will begin at 2:00 pm on November 11, providing an opportunity for the public to reflect on the Canadian Military’s contributions to world conflicts. The guide will also share stories of foreigners who also came to be interred in the Burnsland Field of Honour.
Battalion Park Ceremony
The King’s Own Calgary Regiment will hold its 5th annual Remembrance Day Ceremony at Battalion Park at 3001 Signal Hill Drive SW. The speeches and wreath laying will begin at 10:30 am. Calgarians will know this park because it’s next to the big white squadron numbers laid out on the side of the hill west of Sarcee Trail SW.
Downtown at Central Memorial Park
Join the Calgary Highlanders for the annual service beginning at 10:30 am next to the memorial statues at this park on 2 Street SW.
Fort Calgary Remembers
A service will be held beginning at 10:30 am at Fort Calgary followed by a fair featuring local arts and crafts and lunch. Please bring an item for the Veteran’s Food Bank. The fair will run until 5:00 pm.
Services at the Military Museums
Dress warmly for this outdoor memorial service and bring a donation for the Veteran’s Food Bank. Admission to the museums located at 4520 Crowchild Trail SW in Altadore will be free all day on November 11.
Calgary’s Largest Service at the Jubilee Auditorium
Seating is first come first served at the Jubilee on November 11. The doors open at 9:30 am for the 10:30 am service which will go for 75 minutes.