“Remembrance Day to me means the opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices made by the men, women and their families. My father, my husband’s father, and my uncles were all in the 2nd World War. My husband served 33 dedicated years in the military. Wear your POPPY proudly and always remember the ones who gave you your freedom for this beautiful country of yours.” ~Helen M. Shaver – daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, Canadian
What does Remembrance Day mean to you?
Around this time of year, as leaves turn yellow and fall off trees, bright red poppies begin to flourish on the lapels of Canadians. We all know that we wear poppies leading up to Remembrance Day. But why do we really wear poppies?
World War I resulted in the loss of many lives, both civilian and military. The war left emotional scars in those who had experienced it firsthand as well as those whose sons, brothers, fathers, uncles and grandfathers had died. Remembrance Day commemorates those who had sacrificed/are sacrificing their lives in service to their country. Because of them, we enjoy freedom today.
We recognize poppies as a symbol of Remembrance Day. The use of these flowers was inspired by the poem “In Flanders Field”, which paints a picture of poppies growing in fields around the graves of fallen soldiers. It was written by Lt.Col. John McCrae, a Canadian doctor serving in the military, after witnessing the death of a friend during the 1915 Battle of Ypres.
The poppy was adopted as the Flower of Remembrance in Canada, France, the US ,Britain and Commonwealth countries.
The first Remembrance Day poppies circulated in Canada in 1921.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
Why wear poppies?
1. To remember. Wear the poppy in memory of those who those who fell in the War. November 11, the day of armistice that ended the First World War in 1918, was first marked as a day of remembrance in 1919.
2. To honour. Wear the poppy to honour ALL Canadian veterans and armed forces personnel in times of war and peace. The poppy has evolved as a symbol recognizing the service and sacrifices of past and present members of the armed forces
3. To unite. Wear the poppy as a symbol of unity with fellow Canadians and quietly join together in remembrance.
4. To support. Wear the poppy to help support the war veterans who gave us freedom that we enjoy as Canadians. Proceeds from the sale of poppies by the Royal Canadian Legion’s Poppy Fund go toward assisting veterans and their dependents with basic needs – food, clothes, shelter – and medical/dental care.
Wear the poppy proudly and participate in Remembrance Day events in Calgary!
1. CUVA Remembrance Day Service
Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
When: Friday November 11, 2011
Time: 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM. Building doors open at 9:30 AM and admission to the seating area of the auditorium will begin at 10:00 AM.
There will be no reserved seating except for participants.
2. Central Memorial Cenotaph Remembrance Day Service
Where: CentralMemorial Park Cenotaph Address: 1221 2 St. S.W.
When: Service Begins: 10:45 am. Please come early as space is limited.
3. The Military Museums Remembrance Service
Where: The Military Museums – 4520 Crowchild Trail SW
Time: Services begin at 10:40 am
There will be limited parking available on site in the field to the east of the Parade Square. Parking is also available at the Centennial Hockey arena to the South. Please dress warmly, and plan to arrive early as past events have been well attended. Coffee and hot chocolate will be available.
Where: Naval Museum ofAlberta,1820 24th St. S.W.,
Time:11 a.m. ceremony on HMCS Tecumseh Drill Deck.
4. CPR Service
Where: CPR service,Gulf Canada Square,
Time: 10:45 a.m.
5. Battalion Ridge Ceremony
Where: Battalion Ridge, overlooking Westhills Towne Centre. Ceremony with scouts from Dover and Victoria Park
Time: Ceremony starts at 9 a.m.
6. Royal Canadian Legion Branches Services
- Bowness Branch, Bowness Sportsplex,7809 43rd Ave. N.W.Service begins at 10:30 a.m.
- Branch No. 1,116 7th Ave. S.E.Service begins at 10:30 a.m.
- Centennial Branch,9202 Horton Rd. S.W.Service begins at 10:45 a.m.
- Chapelhow Branch,606 38th Ave. N.E.Service begins at 10:40 a.m.
- Forest Lawn Branch,755 40th St. S.E.Service begins at 11 a.m.
- Millennium Branch,2828 28th St. S.W.(Killarney-Glengarry Community Centre). Service begins at 10:45 a.m.
- North Calgary,1910 Kensington Rd. N.W.Service begins at 11 a.m. Members only.
- Ogden Branch,2625 78th Ave S.E.Service begins at 9 a.m.
- Jubilee Branch, 6208 Rundlehorn Dr. N.E. Doors open at 9 a.m., service begins at 10:30 a.m.
7. The Aero Space Museum Family-oriented Ceremony
Where:4629 McCall Way NE
Time: 10:30 am
8. The Calgary Zoo is offering free admission to Veterans and current serving personnel of the Canadian Military from Friday, 11 November, to Sunday, 13 November, 2011.