With the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War, this Remembrance Day is especially significant for Canada. Following the successes with Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele, Canadian soldiers earned a reputation for getting the job done. From August 8 to November 11, 1918, Canadian troops were positioned to advance the front line, and with a series of successes they were instrumental in ending the First World War. This three month period is historically known as “Canada’s Hundred Days.”
Although triumphant and impressive, Canada’s victories in the last 100 days came at great loss and sacrifice with more than 6,800 soldiers killed and approximately 39,000 wounded. By the end of the war, the country saw more than 650,000 men and women serve in uniform, with more than 66,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders dying, and 170,000 being wounded.
This Remembrance Day, join communities across Canada to honour our fallen and the sacrifices our soldiers throughout history have made for peace and freedom during Veterans’ Week. Here are some of the Remembrance Day activities in Alberta where you can honour and learn more about our military heroes of the Great War.
Alberta & the Great War exhibit in St. Albert
Musée Héritage Museum
October 30 to January 13, 2019 — Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.
Created by the Provincial Archives of Alberta, this exhibition commemorates the centennial anniversary of the First World War and is dedicated to how the war affected Albertans on all fronts. The exhibition includes artifacts to bring the text to life, demonstrating how this earth-shattering global event affected St. Albert, the province and the country.
Rutherford House Remembers
Sunday, November 4, 2018, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visit the Rutherford House to reflect on the Canadian soldiers who gave their all during the Great War, and honour their sacrifice and bravery through letters, poetry, and songs from the Front. Try some soldier’s food. Learn how they felt through poetry and music. Discover mascots like Winnie the bear and Lestock the coyote. Hold an actual Lee-Enfield rifle.
Passchendaele and popcorn
Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre
Thursday, November 8, 2018, 6 p.m.
As part of the Remembrance Day commemorations, the Pehonan Theatre presents a special screening of the critically acclaimed film Passchendaele will take place in the Pehonan Theatre as part of the Thursday TBD series. Popcorn and juice will be provided, but you can bring your favourite movie snacks. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. Register through Eventbrite or by contacting Visitor Services at 780.427.7362 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last 100 days exhibit and Remembrance Day ceremony in Calgary
The Military Museums
Remembrance Day Ceremony — November 11, 2018, 9 a.m. to noon
Museum extended hours — until November 11, 2018, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., November 11 open following service at 10:30 a.m. with free admission
Visit the Last 100 Days exhibit to learn more about the major offensive attack by Canada and her allies to end the First World War. The museum’s commemoration of centennial of the armistice also includes several events: A Taste of the First World War November 2, a museum tour of Indigenous artifacts and theatre presentation on National Aboriginal Veterans Day November 8, and the Provincial Poppy Project where Albertans can paint a poppy as part of an outdoor art installation.
Alberta Legislature Armistice Tribute
Sunday, November 11, 2018 — 11 a.m.: 21 Gun Salute, 1 – 2 p.m.: WW1 Tribute Ceremony, 12:30 – 4 p.m.: Exhibits and activities
The Government of Alberta and the City of Edmonton will commemorate Armistice and the end of the First World War with an official ceremony and family activities. Gather on the south side of the Legislature for a 21 Gun salute at 11 a.m., and then head north to the Capital Plaza for exhibits, activities and a tribute ceremony. Albertans are also invited to ring the bells at 12:30 p.m. as part of a global project to replicate the spontaneous outpouring of bells that rung in celebration as news of the Armistice spread 100 years ago.
Remembering the First World War
Royal Alberta Museum
Exhibit opens on November 11, 2018 at 11 a.m. and runs to October 17, 2020
Check the RAM website for hours of operation.
The Remembering the First World War temporary exhibit highlights objects from RAM’s Military and Political History collection that act as tangible representations of an intangible thing — memory. They are a bridge to see, touch and encounter the past; a lens through which we remember.
Edmonton’s military history
The Loyal Edmonton Regiment Museum
Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except for holidays), open November 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with brief ceremony at 11 a.m.
Attention military history buffs: check out the archival collections and exhibits in seven display cabinets throughout the building and at the Griesbach and Stone galleries. Located in the Prince of Wales Armouries Heritage Centre, the former home of the Loyal Edmonton Regiment, the museum exhibits follow the history of the regiment from the First World War to the present. Of special note for this centenary of Armistice Day, the museum features the bugle that signalled the end of the First World War at Mons.
Leave No Stone Left Alone
With the goal that one day all Canadian soldier’s headstones are honoured with a poppy, the No Stone Left Alone Memorial Foundation organizes Remembrance Ceremonies throughout the week prior to November 11 for students from junior high schools, soldiers, and other members of the community.
Ceremonies are open to the public, or you can volunteer and donate to the foundation.
Visit Veteran Affairs Canada for more Remembrance Day ceremonies and events held at communities across the province and the country, and follow #Canada100days and #CanadaRemembers on social media.
You can also read more about the war history in Alberta in upcoming posts on RETROactive.