Remembrance Day/Week Events In Edmonton

One hundred years ago, Canada was involved in World War I (The Great War) which saw the largest Canadian war casualties in history. The number of Canadians who died in that war surpass all other wars Canada has been involved in, combined. Although there are no more surviving veterans from World War I, there are still veterans from World War II and after, and an opportunity for all Canadians to thank them, and attend Remembrance Week events across the nation.

Since 2000, the moment of silence has been changed to 2 minutes to stress the importance of the living and glorious dead who have protected this country, fought for our values, and impressed on the world what Canadians stand for. Last year Remembrance Day event attendance broke records across the country in the wake of the attack on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Let’s ensure that last year was not just a one-off occurrence, but a reminder to us all that it is important to take some time out of our lives to reflect, honour, and thank the fallen heroes and living veterans.

When you hear the excerpt of Robert Laurence Binyon’s poem being read at services, remember the last line. It is customary for everyone as a whole to repeat aloud, “We will remember them.”

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Everyone respondsWe will remember them.


Here are the Remembrance Week events happening in Edmonton below.

November 11 Events

City Hall Cenotaph

Service of Honour at City Hall (Indoor)
Location: City Room (main atrium) of City Hall | Exit B at Churchill Station
Time: 10:15-10:35am (be seated by 9:45am)
Details: Indoor portion of the service. The Victoria Cross belonging to the family of Pte Cecil J Kinross will be unveiled. The CO of the Loyal Edmonton Regiment and Mayor will be present.

Wreaths at City Hall

Wreath Laying at City Hall (Outdoor)
Location: City Hall cenotaph | Exit A1 at Churchill Station
Time: 10:55–11:30am
Details: Outdoor portion of the service with military parade. The Victoria Cross belonging to the family of Private Cecil J Kinross will be unveiled.

Remembrance Day at Butterdome

Remembrance Day Ceremony at Butterdome (Indoor)
Location: Butterdome at UofA | Exit B1 at Health Sciences/Jubilee Station, turn left (north) and it’s the yellow building by the bear statue.
Time: Be seated by 10:10
Details: Will be attended by Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell and Mayor Don Iveson.

Peace Plaza in front of Shaw Conference Centre

Remembrance Day Ceremony at Shaw Conference Centre Peace Plaza (Outdoor)
Location: Peace Plaza Memorial Flame at Shaw Conference Centre | Exit F3 at Churchill Station, walk a two blocks south, OR follow pedway signs to Shaw Conference Centre
Time: 10:30-11:45
Details: Join members of the Sir Winston Churchill Unit #3, Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada for a special commemorative ceremony at the Shaw Conference Centre Peace Plaza. It begins with a parade at 10:30 by NLCC T.E. Waddington #11, followed by service at 10:45.

Loyal Edmonton Regiment Military Museum (Indoor)
Location: Prince of Wales Armoury | Exit B2 at Kingsway/Royal Alex Station, cross the street and walk 5 minutes to the castle-like structure
Time: 10-2pm
Details: There will be a brief ceremony at 11am and a moment of silence. The museum will also be open for visitors to view military artefacts. Afterwards, take a visit to Victoria Cross Memorial Park across from Kingsway Mall.

Victoria Cross Memorial Park

Remembrance Day Ceremony at Alberta Aviation Museum
Location: Hangar on Kingsway 11410 Kingsway Ave | Exit A2 at NAIT station, turn right (south) and follow Princess Elizabeth Ave south, then turn right (west) at Kingsway Ave
Time: 10:30am
Details: Most likely outside, but there is a parade space inside the hangar. There is usually a military parade at this service with cadets and veterans. Hosted by Ex-Air RCAF Alliance and supported by 700 Wing RCAF Association and the Alberta Aviation Museum. Afterwards, take a visit to Victoria Cross Memorial Park across from Kingsway Mall.

Beverly Cenotaph

Remembrance Day Service & Ceremony in Beverly
Location: Maranatha Christian Reform Church 11905-47st AND Beverly Memorial Cenotaph 40st & 118av | Take route 8 towards Abbotsfield and alight at 40st and 118av
Time: 9:30am AND 10:30am
Details: The ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. with a non-denominational service at the Maranatha Christian Reform Church.  At 10:20 a.m. the military parade leaves the church and marches down 118av to the Cenotaph where the service continues and wreaths are laid.

Remembrance Day Ceremony at Ainsworth Dyer Memorial Bridge (Outdoor)
Location: Rundle Park
Time: 10:45am
Details unconfirmed: This service happens annually, but be warned as there is no online information to confirm the 2015 event. A cross is placed in the ground for fallen soldiers by family and community. Coffee to be served following the service at the ACT Centre.

Remembrance Day Ceremony at West Edmonton Mall (Indoor)
Location: Ice Palace at West Edmonton Mall | Transit Centre entrance
Time: 10am to noon
Details: Hosted by the Jasper Place Branch #255 of the Royal Canadian Legion

Remembrance Day Ceremony at Calder Cenotaph (Indoor/Outdoor)
Location: 12963 120st AND Calder Cenotaph
Time: 10am
Details: Begins with service at North West Edmonton Seniors Society. At 10:30, parade will head to the Calder cenotaph with outdoor service at 11am. Cenotaph Service at 11am will include dignitaris, veterans, armed forces, cadets, and more. Refreshments at drop-in centre following event.

Remembrance Day Service at Kingsway Legion (Outdoor)
Location: Kingsway Legion 14339 50st
Time: 10:30am
Details: Building opens at 10am, dignitaries arrive at 10:20, parade starts at 10:30. Program here.


MacDougall United Church

Prayer Service for Peace (Indoor)
Location: McDougall United Church 10025 101st Street | Exit C2 at Central Station, turn left on Jasper Av, then left at 101st, walk one block south
Time: 7pm
Details: One of the churches most impacted by the Great War in Edmonton. They will have a prayer service in the evening.

Candle Light Memorial Mass
Location: St Theresa’s Parish 7508 29av | Take route 8 to Lakewood Transit Centre, walk north across the parking lot
Time: 6-7pm
A Catholic Mass will be dedicated in Remembrance of fallen soldiers, veterans, and those serving.

Paul Gross’ Hyena Road (Free Admission)
Location: City Centre Landmark Cinema AND North Common Cineplex
Time: check listings
Paul Gross spent time alongside soldiers in Afghanistan to make his latest film Hyena Road. It’s been well received by veterans from the Afghan war. Two theatres in Edmonton are participating in theatres across the country to provide free showings of the movie on Remembrance Day.

Veterans’ Week
Veterans’ Week is celebrated November 5 to 11, 2015 across Canada. All events posted on the Veterans’ Week site for Edmonton has been posted on this page. If you can’t make any events, it’s encouraged to learn more about Canada’s role in past wars. Here’s a video of the recent exhibit at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.


Completed Events

A Musical Salute: A Tribute to Our Veteran at City Hall (Indoor)
Location: City Room (main atrium) of City Hall | Exit B at Churchill Station
Time: 2pm
Details: There will be a musical tribute with the Royal Canadian Artillery Band, the Rhythm Gunners Big Band, and the RCA Pipes and Drums.

No Stone Left Alone Remembrance Ceremony (Outdoor)
Location: Beechmount Cemetery Field of Honour 12420-104 Street
Time: 10:30–11:30am
Details: The 5th annual No Stone Left Alone ceremony where soldiers, students, and community members will place poppies on headstones of soldiers in the Fields of Honour of the cemetery as an act of remembrance. Three cemeteries across the city will have displays.

School Services
Details: Schools around the city will have services organized and run by the students on Monday or Tuesday. Most of these services are open to the public. Call ahead for time and other information.

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