November 11 isn’t just a day off, it’s an opportunity to honour and show respect for our past and present military heroes. Celebrate this year by attending any of the events below with a cash or food donation, or by making a donation to a poppy box, or online at organizations like 11 For 11, which funds scholarships for kids who have lost a parent in the line of duty.
The Military Museums host Calgary’s largest Remembrance Day service honouring Canada’s veterans and current soldiers. More than 12,000 people attend this service each year. Stand proudly through Canada’s national anthem and listen to men and women who have served speak. Hearing a veteran recite “In Flanders Fields” will stay with you long past the moment of silence and playing of “Last Post.”
Parking is free but limited, so guests are advised to arrive early. Food donations to the Veterans’ Food Bank and cash donations to the Military Families Fund are gratefully accepted.
You could also visit Calgary’s newest memorial, the Soldier Memorial, which was unveiled in April 2011 and is part of the Memorial Drive Landscape of Memory project.
Lunchbox Theatre is hosting two performances of Jake’s Gift, a one-woman, multi-award-winning Canadian show that tells the story of a WWII veteran’s journey back to Juno Beach for the 60th anniversary of D-Day.
Join a free walking tour of Calgary’s Union Cemetery from 2 pm – 3:30 p.m, which will focus on the contribution of Calgary regiments to the Boer War, World War I and World War II.
From November 11 – 13, the Calgary Zoo is offering free admission to veterans and current serving members of the Canadian military and a 50 per cent discount on admission for their immediate families. Please present valid service ID at the main gate to receive discount.
How are you remembering this November 11?