Remembrance Day falls on a Thursday this year. While things are still a bit different in 2021, there are some ways you can mark the occasion in person, but you can also watch a Remembrance Day ceremony virtually. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the poppy being recognized as the official flower of remembrance. Here are some to choose from.
Each year, more than 3,500 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 these soldiers. For a truly moving experience, visit at sunrise or sunset for the flag raising ceremony that takes place daily from November 1 to 10 (although the area near the Cenotaph will be restricted to invited attendees only). You can also watch the virtual Remembrance Day service on November 11, which will be broadcast live from the Field of Crosses on Global Calgary.
Memorial Dr. between 3 St. N.W. and Centre St., fieldofcrosses.com
The Hangar Flight Museum’s Remembrance Day ceremony is a popular one. This year will once again be online, and the ceremony will be live streamed by CTV News on November 11. The ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. The museum will be opened to the public later from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., with admission by donation. Tickets should be bought ahead of time to guarantee a spot.
4629 McCall Way NE, thehangarmuseum.ca
More than 33,000 CP employees have served, and Canadian Pacific continues to commemorate them with its annual Remembrance Day ceremony. This year’s ceremony takes place online on November 11, so all members of the public can attend this ceremony virtually. The online ceremony will still feature the CP locomotive whistle sounding at 11:01 a.m. and a moment of silence. The service begins at 10:45 a.m.
This formal service will once again be taking place outside of the Military Museum. The service begins at 10 a.m. on November 11. After the service, the public are invited to lay their own wreaths. The museum also invites everyone to attend Indigenous Veterans Day on November 8 at 12:30 p.m., where there will be a pop-up exhibit
4520 Crowchild Tr. S.W., themilitarymuseums.ca