Albertans are proud to honour the soldiers that have fought, died, and continue to fight for our freedoms, our safety, and our beloved country. They are also proud to host some truly breathtaking and moving ceremonies commemorating the brave women and men that are in our thoughts and hearts this Remembrance Day.
Image by John Lucas
Here are some of our favourites in Calgary and Edmonton:
The Field of Crosses – Calgary
Location: Memorial Dr. between 3rd St. NW & Centre St., Calgary AB
Date: November 1st-11th, 2015
The field of crosses displays 3,200 white crosses representing each Southern Albertan soldier who has been killed in action. Each cross is inscribed with a soldier’s name and adorned with a single poppy. Walk among the crosses anytime or visit at sunrise or sunset for the flag raising ceremony that takes place daily. A special Remembrance Day service begins at 10:45 a.m. on November 11.
Wreath Laying Ceremony – Calgary & Edmonton
Calgary Location: Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 14 Ave NW, Calgary AB
Date: Wednesday November 11, 2015 10:30am-11:45am (doors open 9:30am)
The ceremony includes the laying of wreaths by political, veterans, military, civic and community organizations. Following the ceremony, there is also a march outside the west side of the auditorium.
Edmonton Location: City Hall Plaza, Edmonton AB
Date: Wednesday November 11, 2015 10:50am-11:30am
A beautiful outdoor ceremony by the City Hall cenotaph, where wreaths are laid in honour of our fallen soldiers.
Images by John Lucas, Veteran pictured is Maurice White
Light the Bridge – Edmonton
Location: High Level Bridge, Edmonton AB
Date: Wednesday November 11th, 2015
If you are in the area, you won’t want to miss the High Level Bridge aglow in white and red for Canada’s military. A breathtaking sight against the night sky.
Royal Canadian Legion Remembrance Day Service – Edmonton
Location: West Edmonton Mall Ice Palace, Edmonton AB
Date: Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 10am
This service put on by the Royal Canadian Legion will fill you with such pride as you observe those who salut in uniform.
Highway 11 Flag Display – Sylvan Lake AB
Location: Highway 11 near Sylvan Lake AB.
This unassuming stretch of highway displays 116 flags for the 116,000 Canadian soldiers that have died since 1900. Knowing that each flag literally represents an army of 1000 soldiers who have paid a price for our freedom makes a bold statement. If you plan to travel north or south to Calgary or Edmonton this week make sure to look out for this extremely moving site.
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