Lest We Forget - Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day , on the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, we take a moment to observe and remember all those men and women who have fought and served and to remember all those who continue to serve and defend us during times of war, conflict and peace.
For a lot of Calgarians, this day offers us time off from work which we may use to catch up on personal errands that have fallen to the wayside due to our busy lives. However, with so many ways to reflect on those that have sacrificed so much for our freedom, we hope you’ll consider taking in the many ways to honour our fallen with the various Remembrance Day services happening around our city.
To help you out here is a quick list of some events:
The Field of Crosses is a display of more than 3,000 white crosses along Memorial Drive that symbolizes those soldiers from Southern Alberta that have given their lives in various conflicts since the Boer War. A flag raising ceremony is held daily at sunrise and sunset until November 11th, with a Remembrance Day service on the 11th that begins at 10:30am.
The Aero Space Museum of Calgary will also be holding a ceremony on the 11th that starts at 10:25am with the recommendation that you arrive before 10:15am in order to get a seat. It is one of the more popular ceremonies and depending on the weather, may be held outside this year. After the service, feel free to stay and explore the museum which is open until 4pm.
The Military Museums is also holding a ceremony beginning at 10:30am followed by the museum doors open after the service with free admission. Please bring along a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Veteran´s Food Bank.
With doors opening at 9:30am, the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium is holding a Remembrance Day ceremony which will include the laying of wreaths by many military, veteran, civic and community organizations, followed by a march outside depending on the weather. Entrance is free but seats are assigned and tickets are issued on a first come, first serve basis.
For our part, we at Melrose would like to extend an invitation to all of Calgary´s servicemen and women past and current, as well as police, emergency response, fire and EMS workers, to come and enjoy a free pizza and complimentary beverage.