How to commemorate Remembrance Day
We are now in limbo between holiday seasons, post-Halloween candy and too early to decorate for Christmas. It’s now time to bring out the poppies and show our country some support. November marks Remembrance Day, a time for us to stop and reflect on our nation’s history. We remember the troops who gave their lives and made it possible for us to live in a free, democratic country where we have rights and equality – something that should not be taken for granted. This is something we should remember every day as we live in this incredible country, but November marks a special month where we remember it collectively.
Take some time over the next week to remember those who fought and served our country for you, for us, for Canada. Calgary has countless events going on over the next few days for you to pay your respects, wherever you are in the city. The annual Poppy Plaza will be open daily from 5 am-11 pm just off of Memorial Drive if you only have a few moments to stop in and reflect. If you have more time to dedicate, here is a list of public ceremonies and special events open to attend this Remembrance Day:
- Remembrance Day Ceremony at Battalion Park
- Remembrance Day Tour in Burnsland Cemetery
- Remembrance Day at Central Memorial Park
- Remembrance Day Ceremony at CF Chinook Centre
- Remembrance Day Service at Fort Calgary
- Remembrance Day Ceremony at The Hangar Flight Museum
- Remembrance Day at the Military Museums
- Remembrance Day Service at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
- Canadian Pacific Remembrance Day Ceremony
- The Field of Crosses
- Remembrance Day Service at the Kerby Centre
- Remembrance Day at the Kensington Legion Branch 264
If you’re located out of the city or you’d rather make a day of it, here are a few local events you and your family could attend outside of Calgary:
- Okotoks and World War I– Running now until November 30.
- Remembrance Day in Okotoks
- Remembrance Day Cemetery Tour Banff
Perhaps you’re not the Remembrance Day ceremony type – don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here is a list of special events happening in the city this year that still allow you to stay engaged in the conversation, but not necessarily attend a traditional ceremony:
- Brave Girl-Lunchbox Theatre
- Half the Battle– DIY Theatre
- No Stone Left Alone Remembrance Ceremonies– Burnsland Cemetery and Union Cemetery
- ElevenDays of Remembrance– Memorial Dr. between 3rd St. NW and Centre St.
- Mount Royal Kantorei– Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts
- Annual Artisans Fair– Where: Fort Calgary
- Music of the 40s by Foothills Brass– Scarboro United Church
However you decide to pay your respects this November, we hope you take a moment to stop and realize how lucky we are to live here in Canada. Past generations dedicated their lives to our freedom and it’s important to remember that their suffering got us to where we are today.
Let’s remember together this November, Calgary!