It's difficult, in present day, to imagine the trenches of World War One, the air raids of the Second World War, and even the fear of a Cold War reigniting. And yet each year, it is our duty to take a moment to thank those who donned our nations uniform so that we could live in a country where we are free.
It is our duty to remember so that we do not repeat history. So that we don't have to fight the way Canadians not so long ago fought to protect our freedoms that we cherish so dearly today.
With COVID-19, these acts of remembrance will look differently than they have in previous years. Below, you can find a list of Remembrance Day Ceremonies in Battle River-Crowfoot that are open to the public. These ceremonies have been modified to ensure public health guidelines are followed while making it possible for people are able to pay their respects to our fallen.
Ceremonies in Battle River-Crowfoot
The Stettler IODE and Stettler Rotary are hosting a No Stone Left Alone ceremony at 2:00pm on Monday, November 9th at the Lakeview Cemetery.
Hardisty 02-088 will be hosting an indoor ceremony at the Elks Hall (5016 52 Ave, Hardisty), starting at 10:45. Attendance will be limited.
C.J. Kinross V.C 02-180 will be hosting an indoor service for Legion members. The public is encouraged to visit and place poppies on the cenotaph at anytime during the day, to pay your respects. Businesses and families that have a wreath may lay it themselves and we will pick them up later in the day or the next day.
Edgerton 02-168 will be hosting an outdoor ceremony at the cenotaph in Edgerton, starting at 10:45.
Sedgewick 02-055 will be hosting an outdoor ceremony at the cenotaph in Sedgewick (Main St & Railway Ave), starting at 10:45.
Ryley 02-192 will be hosting an outdoor ceremony at the cenotaph in Ryley (5121 50 St), starting at 11:00. Following the ceremony and wreath laying, there will be a social for Legion members and their family at the Legion.
Holden 02-056 will be hosting an outdoor ceremony at the cenotaph in Holden, located at 50th St (Main St) & 50 Ave, starting at 11:00.
Big Valley 02-070 will be hosting an outdoor ceremony at the cenotaph in Big Valley, starting at 11:00.
Three Hills 02-092 will be hosting an outdoor ceremony at the cenotaph in Three Hills, beginning at 10:30.
Hanna 02-025, weather dependent, will be hosting an outdoor ceremony at the cenotaph in Hanna. If weather in unfavourable, parking space will be made available for attendees to listen via car radio. Parking will begin at 10:30.
Drumheller 02-022 will be hosting an online event, via Facebook Livestream, to commemorate Remembrance Day this year. You can watch the ceremony here.
Killam 02-065 will be hosting an outdoor ceremony at the cenotaph in Killam. Participants will be able to listen in via FM radio.
The Amisk, Hughenden, Czar, and Metiskow communities are hosting a service at 10:45 at the Hughenden Cenotaph. If the weather is poor, the service will be held in the Hughenden Hall with wreath laying afterwards. Please be sure to wear a mask and maintain social distance. Please RSVP to Pastor Eleanor at 780.856.2560.
The Knox United Church in Consort is hosting an online, interdenominational Remembrance Day Service, which you can watch here. The service will begin at 10:45.
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Worthington 02-029 in Wainwright will be holding an indoor service at the Branch building, located at 1030 - 2nd Ave., Wainwright, AB. The service will be limited to 65 people from the general public. If you wish to attend, the Legion is asking you to pre-register by calling the Branch at 780.842.4223 on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday between 9 and 11AM, starting Friday, October 23rd, 2020.
Camrose 02-057 will be hosting an indoor service at the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre. Seating will begin at 10:30 and the service will begin at 10:45. To book a ticket, visit camroselive.ca or call 780.608.2922. This event will also be live streamed on YouTube and Vimeo.