One hundred years ago this year was Armistice Day on November 11th the end to WWI. 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 responds: We will remember them.
Transit and Parking
ETS service will be free all day for Veterans and active members who present a Veterans’ card, National Defence Record of Service card, Canadian Forces identification card, or who dress in a military or legion uniform.
City Hall, Century Place, and Stanley Milner Library/Citadel Parkades are free on Remembrance Day.
Here are the Remembrance Day 2018 events happening in Edmonton below.
November 10 Events
Candle Light Vigil Memorial Mass (Saturday, Nov 10)
Location: St Theresa’s Parish 7508 29av | Take route 8 to Lakewood Transit Centre, walk north across the parking lot
Time: 5:30PM Mass on Nov 10, 2018
A Catholic Mass will be dedicated in Remembrance of fallen soldiers, veterans, and those serving. The Knights of Columbus and CWL sponsoring a candlelight ceremony after 5:30pm Mass on Saturday. All parishioners are welcome to light a candle for those who have passed.
November 11 Events
Armistice 100 Tribute at Alberta Legislature Grounds (Indoor)
Location: Capital Plaza and Alberta Legislature Grounds | Exit A at Grandin Station
Time: 11am-4pm Various events
Details: This Remembrance Day, Albertans are invited to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice to end the First World War. Experience the Piling of the Drums tribute ceremony and honour guard, leave a message of peace at the John McCrae Poppy Labyrinth, see the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) and take in the many exhibits. Bring your stories and mementos to the Memory Wall. 11 a.m. – 21 Gun Salute, 1 – 2 p.m. – Armistice 100 Tribute Ceremony, 12:30 – 4 p.m. – Events and exhibits.
City Hall Remembrance Day Service (Indoor)
Location: City Room (main atrium) of City Hall | Exit B at Churchill Station
Time: 10:15-11:30am (be seated by 10:10am)
Details: The City of Edmonton and Mayor Don Iveson invite the public to a Remembrance Day service in City Hall led by the Commanding Officer, The Loyal Edmonton Regiment. Seating will start at 9:45 a.m. and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests are requested to be seated no later than 10:10 a.m.
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 Alberta Bear statue.
Details: The Butterdome Ceremony is the City’s largest Remembrance Day event. Guests are asked to arrive and be seated by 10 a.m. Be aware that traffic will be busy and parking will be in high demand around the Butterdome.
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 two blocks south, OR follow pedway signs to Shaw Conference Centre for indoor route.
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 – Free admission (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
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. Parking and admission are free. Afterwards, take a visit to Victoria Cross Memorial Park across from Kingsway Mall.
Remembrance Day Ceremony at Alberta Aviation Museum (Indoor)
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
Details: Hosted by Ex-Air RCAF Alliance and supported by 700 Wing RCAF Association and the Alberta Aviation Museum. Joined by 504 Blatchford Field Royal Canadian Air Cadets and veterans. Afterwards, take a visit to Victoria Cross Memorial Park across from Kingsway Mall. Cadets are to arrive no later than 10am.
Remembrance Day Service & Ceremony in Beverly
Location: Maranatha Christian Reform Church 11905-
Time: 9:30am AND 10:30am
Details: The ceremony begins at 9:30am with a non-
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 to honour those who have served and those who have fallen.
Remembrance Day Ceremony at Calder Cenotaph (Indoor/Outdoor)
Location: 12963 120st AND Calder Cenotaph
Details: Begins with service at Northwest Seniors Centre. At 10:30, parade will head to the Calder cenotaph with outdoor service at 11am. Cenotaph Service at 11am will include dignitaries, 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
Details: Building opens at 9:30am, parade fall-in at 10:15am, arrival of VIPs at 10:45am, Act of Remembrance at 11am, laying of wreaths at 11:15am. Joined by 504 Blatchford Field Royal Canadian Air Cadets and veterans.
Remembrance Prayer Service and Procession in Old Strathcona (Indoor/Outdoor)
Location: Holy Trinity Anglican Church & Light Horse Park | Take routes 4, 7, 57, or 94 along Whyte Ave. Alight at 101 St and walk two blocks north. The church will be on the right.
Details: The South Alberta Light Horse Regiment will hold its annual Remembrance Day Prayer service at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church (10037 84 Ave), followed by a procession to Light Horse Park (10324 85 Ave) where presentations and a moment of silence will take place.
Military Parade at Griesbach (Outdoor)
Location: Patricia Park, Griesbach Parade, Gault Boulevard | 8 min walk (600m) west of Northgate Transit Centre. The park is behind Shoppers Drug Mart
Details: 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, will lead a parade at Griesbach.
Remembrance Day Service & 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: 10:30-11:45am, 6-7pm
Details: One of the churches most impacted by the Great War in Edmonton. They will have a Remembrance Day service on this morning, followed by an ecumenical service of Prayers for Peace in the evening.
Ainsworth Dyer Bridge Memorial (unconfirmed)
Location: Rundle Park
Details unconfirmed: This service happens annually, but there is no online information to confirm the 2018 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. Remembers Afghanistan War veterans, including Cpl. Ainsworth Dyer.
Veterans’ Week is celebrated November 3 to 11, 2018 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 and conflicts.
No Stone Left Alone Remembrance Ceremony (Outdoor)
Location: Beechmount Cemetery Field of Honour 12420-104 Street
Details: The 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.
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.