Remembrance Day Activities and Ceremonies in Calgary This Year
Commemorate those who serve by attending ceremonies or services or watching a theatre production.
[Ed. note: This article has been updated to reflect events and ceremonies taking place in 2016.]
Remembrance Day falls on a Friday this year. To mark the occasion, walk along Poppy Plaza or attend a ceremony, service or other Remembrance Day activity or event. Here are several to choose from.
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Ongoing Remembrance Day-related events
image courtesy of field of crosses
Each year, more than 3,000 white crosses are displayed along Memorial Drive to symbolize the roughly 3,000 soldiers from Southern Alberta who have died in action in various conflicts since the Boer War. Visit the site at any point to read the names, ranks, regiments, date of death and age of death of the Southern Albertan soldiers killed in action. For a truly moving experience, visit at sunrise or sunset for the flag raising ceremony that takes place daily from November 1 to 11. Or attend the Remembrance Day service on November 11.
The Remembrance Day service begins at 10:30 a.m. on November 11.
Now until November 11, Memorial Dr. between 3 St. N.W. and Centre St., fieldofcrosses.com
Lunchbox Theatre is recognizing Remembrance Day with a musical world premiere. Lest We Forget was created by JP Thibodeau and Joe Slabe. It includes original songs by different Canadian composers to look into how war impacts soldiers and soldiers' families. The show will also encourage the audience to think about how war changes the lives of all involved, whether they're involved in battle or not.
The production runs daily (except Sundays) from now until November 12.
Lunchbox Theatre, 115 9 Ave. S.E., 403-265-4292, lunchboxtheatre.com
The 2016 Calgary Poppy Fund campaign at Chinook Centre kicks off on Saturday, October 29. The annual Colour Parade takes place on the Saturday, as well as the unveiling of a special piece of artwork made by students at the Buffalo Rubbing Stone School. From October 29 until November 11, poppies are sold at participating stores throughout the mall, the special art display can be viewed and representatives from the Legion will be at the mall to collect donations.
The campaign ends on November 11 with live buglers in the mall's centre court and a moment of silence at 11 a.m.
Chinook Centre, 6455 Macleod Tr. S.W., 403-259-2022, cfshops.com/chinook-centre
Ceremonies and events on November 11
Arrive at the museum before 10:15 a.m. to ensure you get a seat at this ceremony. This is a popular ceremony, so the earlier you arrive the better. And know that the Aero Space Museum of Calgary asks that everyone attending the service is settled and ready by 10:20 a.m. The hope this year is to hold the ceremony outdoors, depending on the weather. Stay after the service to explore the museum — it is open until 4 p.m. and admission is free today only.
The ceremony begins at 10:25 a.m.
November 11, 4629 McCall Way N.E., asmac.ab.ca
Did you know that the sandstone arch in the Peace Park was originally part of the Strathcona Building, an office block that was built during the Second World War? And that today it's a memorial for soldiers who fought and died in the First World War, Second World War and the Korean War. This is the site of the Alternative Remembrance Day service. The ceremony includes the sharing of stories of war and refugees, and a discussion of the importance of peace-building.
The Alternative Remembrance Day service runs from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Know that on Saturday, November 12, Project Ploughshares Calgary hosts its 32nd Annual Holiday Peace Fair at the Parkdale United Church. The fair runs 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and adult admission is $5.
November 11, Peace Park, 2 Ave. and 8 St. S.W., ploughsharescalgary.ca
More than 33,000 CP employees served in the two world wars last century and Canadian Pacific continues to pay tribute to those men in its annual Remembrance Day ceremony. The ceremony takes place at CP's Memorial Square, which was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. All members of the public are welcome to attend this ceremony, and CP police officers, pensioners, executives and military representatives are also expected to attend. There will be a minute of silence observed at 11 a.m.
The service begins at 10:30 a.m.
November 11, 7550 Ogden Dale Rd. S.E., cpr.ca
Take a free guided tour of the 13-hectare Burnsland Cemetery and learn more about some of the heroes that were laid to rest here. There are more than 22,000 buried at this cemetery, including many of Calgary's veterans from the First World War. This tour is also an opportunity to reflect on the Canadian Military and RCMP traditions and hear some stories of non-Canadians who were buried in the Burnsland Field of Honour.
The tour begins at 2 p.m. and runs until 3:30 p.m.
November 11, 27 Ave. and Spiller Rd. S.E., calgary.ca
These two services aren't actually on Remembrance Day — they run a few days before Remembrance Day on November 7. They are hosted by the No Stone Left Alone Memorial Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to honour fallen soldiers and teach Canadian students about the sacrifice veterans have made.
The ceremonies at both cemeteries run on Monday, November 7 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
November 7, Burnsland Cemetery, Cemetery Rd. and Spiller Rd. S.E.; Union Cemetery, Erlton St. and 32 Ave. S.W., nostone-leftalone.squarespace.com
This year marks the fifth annual Battalion Park Remembrance Day Ceremony, hosted by the Kings Own Calgary Regiment. The service here includes a public address, speeches and a wreath laying.
The service runs from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
November 11, Battalion Park, 3001 Signal Hill Dr. S.W., kingsown.ca
This annual service at Central Memorial Park is hosted by the Calgary Highlanders. Stand by the First World War statue or the Boer War Memorial equestrian statue to remember fallen soldiers. This event includes a parade with the Calgary Highlanders.
The service on November 11 runs from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
November 11, Central Memorial Park, 1221 2 St. S.W., calgary.ca
Fort Calgary hosts a Remembrance Day service at 10:30 a.m. Stick around the grounds after the service, because starting at 11:30 a.m., there's an artisan's fair. Local crafters and makers will be selling their products here and you can buy lunch as well. Admission to the fair is free if you bring along a non-perishable food item for the Veteran's Food Bank.
The service starts at 10:30 a.m. The artisan's fair runs 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
November 11, Fort Calgary 750 9 Ave. S.E., 403-290-1875, fortcalgary.com
Everyone is welcome to this Remembrance Day service. The ceremony includes music performed by Johnny Summers and refreshments are served following the ceremony.
Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and the service begins at 10:50 a.m.
November 11, Kerby Centre, 1133 7 Ave. S.W., 403-265-0661, kerbycentre.com
This formal service takes place outside of the museum. Dress in warm clothes and bring along coffee or hot chocolate for the service. Also, bring along a non-perishable food donation for the Veterans' Food Bank. Be sure to explore the museum after the service; admission is free for the day.
The service begins at 10:30 a.m. Arrive early if you need to be seated — this ceremony is usually very popular and seats fill fast.
November 11, 4520 Crowchild Tr. S.W., themilitarymuseums.ca
Services are held at many branches of the Royal Canadian Legions in the city. This year, at the Kensington location (1910 Kensington Rd. N.W.), the ceremony is followed by lunch and refreshments.
Doors for the Kensington Legion service open at 9:30 a.m. and be sure to be in the venue before 10:40 a.m. (that's when the doors are locked). The service begins at 10:40 a.m.
November 11, Various locations, legion.ca
This Remembrance Day ceremony is free and open to all, but try to get here close to 9:30 a.m. when the auditorium doors open, as seating is assigned and tickets are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. This ceremony includes the laying of wreaths by political, veterans, military, civic and community organizations. Depending on the weather, there is also a march outside the west side of the auditorium after the ceremonies end.
The 75-minute service begins at 10:30 a.m.
November 11, 1415 14 Ave. N.W., jubileeauditorium.com
If you're in transit on Friday, November 11, you still have the opportunity to pause and reflect. The YYC Calgary International Airport Pipe Band and Honour Guard will be meeting in the Domestic Terminal. Then there is a procession of pipers and individuals from organizations including the Calgary Police Service, RCMP, Royal Air Force, Calgary Emergency Medical Services and more. The Remembrance Day procession goes through the Domestic Terminal and ends at the public area across from Montana's Cookhouse.
The procession begins at 10:30 a.m. and there is a brief service beginning at 10:40 a.m.
November 11, Domestic Terminal, YYC Calgary International Airport, 2000 Airport Rd. N.E., 403-735-1200, yyc.com
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