Come Saturday, November 11, the Royal Canadian Legion’s Airdrie Branch Remembrance Day Ceremony will be hosting its annual event at Genesis Place. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m., while Genesis Place doors open at 8:30 a.m. and Field House doors open at 9.
Earlier this week, Airdrie's residents already participated in several events to commemorate Remembrance Day.
On Monday, November 6, students from St. Veronica School in Airdrie joined other students from across Rocky View County for the No Stone Left Alone Ceremony. According to Rocky View County, the event is to honour those who fought for freedom, symbolizing that none of them are alone or forgotten.
Following the ceremony, the students placed a poppy and a Canadian flag on the grave of each soldier at the County’s Garden of Peace Cemetery.
"No Stone Left Alone is an annual ceremony held in advance of Remembrance Day, launched by the No Stone Left Alone Memorial Foundation. The ceremony honours the sacrifice and service of Canada’s fallen every November, having students and youth across the country place poppies on the headstones of veterans," Rocky View County stated.
Other Remembrance Day ceremonies in neighbouring towns include:
There are several events across Calgary in commemoration of November 11, including:
- Calgary's Field of Crosses: Over 3,500 white crosses are on display on Calgary's Memorial Drive until November 12.
- Each cross has the name, rank, regiment, and age and date of death of a Southern Alberta soldier who was killed in action.
- On November 10, lanterns will be placed in front of the crosses and will continue to burn until sunrise on Remembrance Day.
- A Remembrance Day ceremony will held at 10 a.m. on November 11
- Hangar Flight Museum: The Hangar Flight Museum in Calgary will also hold a Remembrance Day Ceremony from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Admission through donations to the Veterans Association Food Bank is encouraged and accepted.
- Military Museum: Calgary's Military Museum is also hosting a November 11 ceremony from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. After the official ceremony, the public will be able to lay a wreath at the Eternal Flame monument.
- Remembrance Day Service at the Crossfield Community Center will start at 10:30 a.m.
- Carstairs Legion #53 Remembrance Day Service will begin at 10 a.m. and run till 12:30 p.m. at the Hugh Sutherland School - Gymnasium
- Remembrance Day ceremony taking place at Zion Church in Didsbury, with doors opening at 10 a.m.
Previously, in November, Airdronians took part in the Memorial Crosses Parade and Ceremony. The annual event takes place on Veterans Boulevard, where crosses are placed to honour those who died for the country. This year, two men who fought for our country had their names added to two crosses:
- Michael Downey - Master Warrant Officer for 35 years- sadly passed away in 2021.
- Todd Gillman - A member of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry - tragically lost his life on April 15 in a motorcycle accident.
Calgary Police Service members also attended to honour Sgt. Andrew Harnett who was killed while on duty, on New Year's Eve 2020.
Crosses also lined up in front of the Nose Creek Museum to honour Canadian soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan.
In keeping with tradition, poppies are being sold across the city in different locations. The annual poppy campaign kicked off on October 26.
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