Remembrance Day 2019 Events and Ceremonies

We must remember. If we do not, the sacrifice of those one hundred thousand Canadian lives will be meaningless. They died for us, for their homes and families and friends, for a collection of traditions they cherished and a future they believed in; they died for Canada. The meaning of their sacrifice rests with our collective national consciousness; our future is their monument.
Heather Robertson in A Terrible Beauty, The Art of Canada at War.

The City of Edmonton will be holding a Remembrance Day service indoors at the University of Alberta Van Vliet Centre (Butterdome) on 11 November 2019 that is open to everyone. People are requested to be seated by 10:00 AM.

If you live in Sherwood Park, or in the east end of Edmonton, Strathcona County is hosting their annual Remembrance Day Service at Millennium Place in the indoor fieldhouse. Everyone is asked to be seated by 10:30am.

If you are looking to raise awareness and funds for a good cause, a 22 km Rucksack March through the river valley in Edmonton will be held on November 9th, 2019. Proceeds go to Wounded Warriors Canada. For more information, visit https://ruck4remember.ca/

Many schools will hold ceremonies that community members are welcome to attend. Check out your local elementary or junior high school for details.

Join us as we pay our respects to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in Canada’s past conflicts.

Wear a Poppy to Remember

The Royal Canadian Legion explains why, how, and when to wear a poppy. For more information visit https://www.legion.ca/remembrance/the-poppy/how-to-wear-a-poppy

Throughout the Remembrance period, we see Poppies worn with pride in every corner of our lives to honour our Veterans. The Royal Canadian Legion provides a Poppy Protocol to guide Canadians on appropriate and respectful wearing of the lapel Poppy. However, wearing a Poppy is a personal expression of Remembrance, and how someone chooses to wear a Poppy is always an individual choice. 

How to wear a Poppy

The Poppy should be worn with respect on the left side, over the heart. The Legion’s lapel Poppy is a sacred symbol of Remembrance and should not be affixed with any pin that obstructs the Poppy. Also available through some Branches is the Legion’s reusable black centre Poppy pin to affix your lapel Poppy.

When to wear a Poppy

The lapel Poppy should be worn during the Remembrance period, from the last Friday in October until November 11. The Legion encourages the wearing of Poppies at funerals of Veterans, and for any commemorative event such as a memorial service, or the anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. As well, it is not inappropriate to wear a Poppy during other times to commemorate Fallen Veterans and it is an individual choice to do so.

How to remove a Poppy

Poppies may be worn throughout the Remembrance period, including in the evening after Remembrance Day Ceremony. Some choose to remove their Poppy at the end of the day on November 11. Some choose to remove their Poppy at the conclusion of the ceremony and place their Poppy on the cenotaph or on a wreath as a sign of respect. This has become a poignant tradition each year at the National Remembrance Day Ceremony in Ottawa as thousands of Poppies are placed on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

When a Poppy is removed, it should be stored appropriately or it may be disposed of respectfully. We encourage anyone who finds a Poppy that has fallen to the ground to pick it up and brush it off so that it can be kept or disposed of respectfully. 

While Poppies are always free, The Royal Canadian Legion gratefully accepts donations to the Poppy Fund, which directly supports Canada’s Veterans and their families in need. 

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