Remembrance Day Observances and Events In Edmonton

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Annual Observances (applicable in 2023):

Here are places in Edmonton observing Remembrance Day with ceremonies the hour LEADING INTO 11am on November 11. Please check local listings for details.

The University of Alberta holds separate ceremonies at the Butterdome indoors, one for Indigenous Veterans on Nov. 8, and a general public event on Nov. 11.

Edmonton City Hall observes Indigenous Veterans Day Nov. 8, as well as an indoor ceremony with procession to the cenotaph with the Loyal Edmonton Regiment on Nov. 11. During Veterans Week, a bugler will play the Last Post before sunset in the City Room between 4:30pm and 5pm.

The Edmonton Convention Centre observes a commemorative ceremony with veterans at the Peace Plaza Memorial Flame beside the main entrance on Nov. 11.

The Loyal Edmonton Regiment Military Museum has free admission on Nov. 11, with a brief ceremony at 11am.

The Alberta Aviation Museum observes a ceremony outdoors on Nov. 11 at the Hangar on Kingsway, with museum admission by donation all day.

A military parade and ceremony is held annually at the Beverly Memorial Cenotaph on Nov. 11, preceded by a non-denominational church service nearby.

West Edmonton Mall holds a ceremony indoors on Nov. 11 with the Jasper Place Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion at the Ice Palace.

Calder has an outdoor military parade and ceremony at the Calder Cenotaph which begins at the Northwest Seniors Centre on Nov. 11.

The Royal Canadian Legion has a military parades and ceremonies on Nov. 11 joined by cadets and veterans at Kingsway, Norwood, and Strathcona Branches.

Old Strathcona has a Remembrance Prayer Service at Holy Trinity Anglican Church followed by a procession to Light Horse Park on Nov. 11.

An outdoor military parade takes place with the PPCLI at Patricia Park on Nov. 11.

The Ainsworth Dyer Bridge has a memorial for veterans of the Afghan War on Nov. 11 at Rundle Park.

No Stone Left Alone has events during Veterans Week marking the headstones of veterans at cemeteries across the city.

There is no official event at the Alberta Legislature on Nov 11, 2023 (an event took place on Nov 8). Another group has planned an event called Veterans for Freedom on Remembrance Day.

If you’re unable to attend a Remembrance Day event, observe a 2 minute moment of silence at 11am wherever you are, or contact a local school to attend a ceremony where it’s open to the community.

Background

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 respondsWe will remember them.

If you’re unable to attend a Remembrance Day event, observe a 2 minute moment of silence at 11am wherever you are, or contact a local school to attend a ceremony where it’s open to the community.

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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.

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Candlelight vigil at St. Theresa’s

Alberta Legislature
Location: Capital Plaza and Alberta Legislature Grounds | Exit A at Grandin Station
Details (2023): There is no government event on November 11 in 2023. An event took place on November 8. Listed on the Legislature website is an event organized by Veterans for Freedom.

21-gun salute at Alberta Legislature

City Hall Remembrance Day Service
Location: City Hall Cenotaph | Exit B at Churchill Station
Time (2023): Please check with venue for this year.
Details: The City of Edmonton invite the public to a Remembrance Day service in City Hall led by the Loyal Edmonton Regiment. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Wreaths at City Hall

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.
Time (2023): 9:30am
Details: The Butterdome Ceremony is the City’s largest Remembrance Day event. Guests are asked to arrive and be seated by 9:30 a.m. Be aware that traffic will be busy and parking will be in high demand around the Butterdome.

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Remembrance Day at Butterdome

Remembrance Day Ceremony at Edmonton Convention 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.
Time: This listing is from 2018. Please check with venue for this year.
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.

Peace Plaza in front of Shaw Conference Centre

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
Time (2023): 10-2pm, ceremony at 11am.
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.

Loyal Edmonton Regiment Museum

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
Time (2023): 10:30-11:30am
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.

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Victoria Cross Memorial Park

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 This listing is from 2018. Please check with venue for this year.
Details: The ceremony begins at 9:30am with a non-denominational service at the Maranatha Christian Reform Church.  At 10:20am the military parade leaves the church and marches down 118av to the Cenotaph where the service continues at 10:50am and wreaths are laid.

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Beverly Cenotaph

Remembrance Day Ceremony at West Edmonton Mall (Indoor)
Location: Ice Palace at West Edmonton Mall | Transit Centre entrance
Time: 10am to noon This listing is from 2018. Please check with venue for this year.
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
Time: 10-11:30am This listing is from 2018. Please check with venue for this year.
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
Time: 10:30am This listing is from 2018. Please check with venue for this year.
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.
Time: 9:45-11am This listing is from 2018. Please check with venue for this year.
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.

Holy Trinity Anglican Church

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
Time: 10:30am This listing is from 2018. Please check with venue for this year.
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 This listing is from 2018. Please check with venue for this year.
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.

MacDougall United Church

Ainsworth Dyer Bridge Memorial (unconfirmed)
Location: Rundle Park
Time: 10:45am This listing is from 2018. Please check with venue for this year.
Details unconfirmed: This service happens annually, but there is no online information to confirm the 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.

Memorial at Ainsworth Dyer Bridge. Taken by Harmony Medland-Wolgemuth

Veterans’ Week
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 during Veterans Week)
Location: Beechmount Cemetery Field of Honour 12420-104 Street
Time: 10:30–11:30am This listing is from 2018. Please check with venue for this year.
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.

Candle Light Vigil Memorial Mass
Location: St Theresa’s Parish 7508 29av | Take route 8 to Lakewood Transit Centre, walk north across the parking lot
Time: This listing is from 2018. Please check with venue for this year.
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.

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