Photos and Story by Len Chan
Thousands of Calgarians of all Cultures, and ages wore poppies on November 11 – at the 11 Hour of the 11th Month, and remembered those who serve and sacrificed their lives ending the Great War in 1918.
We celebrate Remembrance Day today to remember all those who served and sacrificed their all in combat, peace keeping roles and related.
Ceremonies at Kerby Centre, CPR and Hangar Flight Museum were Virtual while at the Military Museum and Canadian Legion Centennial branch allowed the public to attend with proof of vaccine.
Later the Military Museum and Hangar Flight Museum was open to the Public via donation after the Ceremony. At the Field of Crosses on Memorial Drive, the Ceremony with 3,500 Crosses and the area for the Ceremony for invited guests – Calgary Chief of Police Mark Neufeld, and Murray Mcann, founder of Field of Crosses, along with Indigenous Elder, Clarence Wolfleg.
An additional separate part of the park was opened for 120 Crosses for the 120,000 Canadians from across Canada who lost their lives. A pipe Band opened the Ceremony and accompanied by the Cantare Children’s Choir.
The Field was open for the Public to look at the names on the crosses and some crosses had photos from their families and their Service Role after 2pm.
Hundreds were present across Memorial Drive watching the Ceremony since the whole Cross area was closed to the Public.
The year 2021 also marks the 100th Anniversary of the Poppy made by Madame Anna Guerin of France known as the Poppy Lady who was inspired by Canadian physician, Dr. John McCrae who wrote the poem In Flanders Field.
Once the Field was open hundreds were digesting the information on the Crosses and parents telling youngster the meaning of Remembrance Day.