Remembrance Day Activities and Ceremonies in Calgary This Year
Commemorate those who serve by attending ceremonies or services or watching a theatre production.
[This article has been updated to reflect events and ceremonies taking place in 2017.]
Remembrance Day falls on a Saturday this year. To mark the occasion, 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 3,400 white crosses are displayed along Memorial Drive to symbolize the thousands of 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
Attend a performance of Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation at the Jack Singer Concert Hall. This work by composer Jeffrey Ryan first premiered in 2012, and recognizes the lives affected by war. In addition to performances by the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus, the Cantaré Children's Choir and other guest artists, the night will feature texts by Canada's first War Poet. There will also be a talk before the concert that starts at 7:05 p.m.
The performances take place on Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11 at 8 p.m.
Jack Singer Concert Hall, Arts Common, 205 8 Ave. S.E., 403-294-9494, calgaryphil.com
Lunchbox Theatre is recognizing Remembrance Day with its newest play, Flight Risk. Written by Meg Braem, the play follows the story of an almost 100-year-old war veteran named Hank who shares his story as a tail gunner during the war with a nurse named Sarah. The story was actually inspired by the experiences of a real Second World War veteran in Calgary.
The production starts at noon from Monday to Saturday, with additional peformances at 6 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.
Lunchbox Theatre, 115 9 Ave. S.E., 403-265-4292, lunchboxtheatre.com
This is one of the newest exhibits at local art gallery Newzones. The exhibition, called The Sleeping Green, features photos from photographer Dianne Bos' book, The Sleeping Green: No Man's Land 100 Years Later. The photographs show what several World War I battlegrounds in France and Belgium (such as Passchendaele, Vimy and the Somme) look like a century later.
The exhibition is open until November 18.
Newzones, 730 11 Ave. S.W., 403-266-1972, newzones.com
Ceremonies and events on November 11
These two services aren't actually on Remembrance Day — they run a few days before Remembrance Day on November 6 at Burnsland Cemetery and Union Cemetery. 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 take place on Monday, November 6 at 10 a.m. St. Margaret School, Blessed Cardinal Newman School, Our Lady of Peace School, St. Matthew School and Ascension of Our Lord School will be participating.
November 7, Burnsland Cemetery, Cemetery Rd. and Spiller Rd. S.E.; Union Cemetery, Erlton St. and 32 Ave. S.W., nostone-leftalone.squarespace.com
The Hangar Flight Museum's Remembrance Day ceremony is a popular one, so arrive early to ensure you get a seat. Make sure you also leave enough time to get settled and ready before the 10:30 a.m. outdoor ceremony begins. The museum will also be accepting Veteran's Food Bank donations. Stay after the service to explore the museum — it is open until 4 p.m. and admission is by donation that day.
The ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m.
November 11, 4629 McCall Way N.E., thehangarmuseum.ca
More than 33,000 CP employees served in World War I and II, and Canadian Pacific continues to commemorate them with its annual Remembrance Day ceremony. The ceremony takes place at CP's Memorial Square, and afterwards, there will be refreshments at the Royal Canadian Pacific Pavilion at CP's Head Office Campus. All members of the public can attend this ceremony.
The service begins at 10:40 a.m.
November 11, 7550 Ogden Dale Rd. S.E., cpr.ca
This year marks the sixth annual Battalion Park Remembrance Day Ceremony, hosted by the King's Own Calgary Regiment. This park was a military training ground for Canadian soliders during World War I. It features large rock formations of the numbers of four Alberta battalions that trained there: 151, 137, 113 and 51.
The service starts at 10:30 a.m.
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 people buried at this cemetery, some of which are Calgary veterans from World War I. This tour is an opportunity hear some stories of non-Canadians who were buried in the Burnsland Field of Honour. Those going on the tour will meet at Galloway House, which is located inside of the Union Cemetery gate.
The tour begins at 2 p.m. and runs until 3:30 p.m.
November 11, Spiller Rd. and Cemetery Rd. S.E., calgary.ca
On November 11, Fort Calgary is hosting a Remembrance Day service that includes choral music, bagpipes and bugles. Stick around the grounds after the service for the holiday Artisan's Fair. More than 60 local crafters and makers will be selling their products, which include jewellery, artwork, woodworking and more. 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. and the artisan's fair starts at 11 a.m.
November 11, Fort Calgary 750 9 Ave. S.E., 403-290-1875, fortcalgary.com
This Remembrance Day service will be held in the gymnasium at Kerby Centre in downtown Calgary. Plan to be there for the ceremony at 10:50 a.m., then stick around afterwards for refreshments. Johnny Summers and Egon Ukuloff will also be there performing live music.
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, as this ceremony is usually very popular.
November 11, 4520 Crowchild Tr. S.W., themilitarymuseums.ca
This public Remembrance Day ceremony is hosted by the Calgary United Veterans Association. The one-hour, indoor ceremony starts at 10:30 a.m. and features a laying of wreaths, music and speakers. Afterwards, there will be an outdoor march past (parade) around the Jubilee Auditorium. Tickets for this ceremony are free.
The Jubilee Auditorium doors open at 9 a.m., the main auditorium opens at 9:30 a.m. and the indoor service runs from 10:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
November 11, 1415 14 Ave. N.W., jubileeauditorium.com
If you're in transit on Saturday, November 11, you still have the opportunity to pause and reflect. The YYC Calgary International Airport's ceremony is taking place on the Departures level of the Domestic Terminal. The ceremony will feature the Calgary International Pipe Band and Honour Guard, as well as speakers from the Calgary Poppy Fund and Calgary Airport Authority.
The ceremony begins at 10:45 a.m.
November 11, Domestic Terminal, YYC Calgary International Airport, 2000 Airport Rd. N.E., 403-735-1200, yyc.com