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Nov 10

Honouring Remembrance Day, November 11, 2021

This Thursday, November 11, we would like to give tribute to the men and women who served in times of war, military conflict, and peace.

This Thursday, November 11, we would like to give tribute to the men and women who served in times of war, military conflict, and peace. Here are just a few ways we can remember, reflect, and honour these brave and outstanding individuals, the fallen and those who serve in our military today.

The Red Deer Legion will be hosting a Remembrance Service at the downtown Servus Arena at 10:30 am; it is open to the public; however, proof of vaccination will be required to enter the event.

The Korean War Veterans of Red Deer would like to welcome everyone to the Cenotaph Remembrance Day Ceremony at Veteran’s Park on Ross Street starting at 10:45am. Masking and social distancing at this event is strongly encouraged. They will also be live streaming on their Facebook page for those not able to attend.

The Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery will be opened 12 – 4:30 pm with their drop-in “Remembering Women on the Homefront: Remembering Women’s Service in the Wars. Join them in person for informal tours from 1 – 4 pm of the World War Women exhibit, then create a victory quilt patch from collage paper to take home.

Bring your family and checkout the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Remembrance Day Exhibit as they explore the effects of the First & Second World Wars on sports in Alberta .They will be opened from 12 to 4pm in honour of our Veterans.

For those interested in history, the City of Red Deer has a War Memorials Self Guided Tour, designed to honour those who fought and acknowledge the people who remained behind. The Downtown portion of the tour is ideal for walking, and the outer Downtown and Michener Hill portions are best by either cycling or driving as the sites are located farther apart. You can start at the CPR Station, the place where families were bidding farewell to their loved ones heading off to war, as you head along Historic Ross Street towards the Cenotaph, Red Deer’s most significant war memorial and Veterans Park. The tour ends at the Red Deer Cemetery, where five fields of honour are located, each containing the graves of veterans who served in the First or Second World war, the Korean War, or on a peacekeeping mission.

Vintage Harvard Plane on a pillar

You can also head down to the Red Deer Regional Airport for a Remembrance Day Service at 2 pm at their onsite memorial HARVARD. The Harvard Historical Aviation Society puts on this outdoor service to honour the lives lost at CFB Penhold,

The Town of Sylvan Lake is partnering with the Sylvan Lake Legion to provide a Remembrance Day service at the Community Centre. Although it is limited to Legion members, veterans, and their families, it will be broadcasted through a live stream on the Town of Sylvan lake’s YouTube Channel.

The Lacombe & District Historical Society and Royal Canadian Legion Lacombe Branch #79 would like to honour and remember those who lost their lives with a Field of Remembrance. The Field of Remembrance is in two parts this year – 80 crosses will be on display at the Lacombe Legion, Branch #79, and the remaining 20 will be on display at the Michener House Museum. From November 8 to November 15, the Field is open from 9 am to 5 pm, with guests encouraged to visit in the evenings and on weekends at their leisure. The exhibit Portraits of War at the Flatiron Building Museum will also feature the people and the stories of Lacombian’s who fought during the First, Second, Korean and Afghanistan Wars, An exhibition created by the Lacombe Museum & Archives.  The Lacombe Legion Branch #79 will also be doing a Remembrance Day service in the Lest We Forget Park outside the Lacombe Memorial Centre, starting at 10:30 am.

Flags of Rememberance at Sylvan Lake

Check out the Flags of Remembrance in Sylvan Lake at Centennial Park and Lacombe just outside Pentagon Farm Centre. This is a great time to walk the flags, read the names, reflect, and pay tribute to those who have died or are missing in action from the Boer wars to current missions.

The Royal Canadian Legion will be having a Remembrance Day Ceremony outdoors at the Cenotaph in Innisfail starting at 10:45 am with live streaming on their Facebook page for those not wishing to attend.

The town of Stettler is also doing a Remembrance Day Service at Sharpe’s Memorial Park set to start at 10:45 am, with a two-minute silence at 11:00 am.

One of the best ways to celebrate Remembrance Day is to wear a poppy, a symbol of remembrance of those lives lost in the First World War and subsequent conflicts. You can purchase poppies by contacting your local Royal Canadian legion at their poppy office or look for them at some of our businesses throughout your town or city, where they will have a tray of poppies on hand.

Wherever you are, whether at home or out and about, take two minutes at 11:00 am on November 11 to remember the sacrifices that Canada’s veterans have made on our behalf so that we could live in peace.

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