Remembrance Day ceremony returns to Millennium Place

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After two years of honouring those who have served our country from afar, the Strathcona County community will gather together on Nov. 11.

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With Remembrance Day upon us, Mike Berridge, with Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans (ANAVETS) Sherwood Park, said it is important that the next generation keeps this tradition alive. 

“It is for the veterans to pay homage on Nov. 11, but more importantly, it is for the young people to keep up with the tradition,” Berridge noted.

A large Remembrance Day ceremony is planned for Millennium Place on Friday, Nov. 11 starting at 10:30 a.m. This will be the first Remembrance Day ceremony in two years where there will be no COVID restrictions in place allowing for a larger attendance. In 2020 and 2021, residents humbly paid their respects in smaller numbers at the local cenotaph located at City Hall. 

“Twenty-eighteen was the last time the ANAVETS did the Millennium Place parade and then we turned it over to the person in charge of the Navy Cadets in Sherwood Park,” explained Berridge. “We’ll be attending and we’ll have a compartment marching with the parade.”

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The event, being led by Jason Finkbeiner, commanding officer, 238 RCSCC Campbelltown, will begin with the preamble and parade march at 10:30 a.m. Those who wish to attend are encouraged to arrive early in order to be seated before the ceremony begins.

“We are very excited to have the community back in for the in-person ceremony this Friday. I think after not having it for two years, I think there is a lot of desire to get back engaged with the ceremony this year,” explained Finkbeiner. “We are expecting a big crowd. Part and parcel to that is having not done it for a couple of years, with virtual ceremonies only, but in Edmonton the Butterdome Ceremony is not taking place this year and I feel we’ll have some members from the city coming out to Sherwood Park for our ceremony.”

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After the parade and two minutes of silence, there will be a reflection program, wreath laying, and march past. 

Finkbeiner said he expects a lot of people will come out this year and it is good to see because Canadians need to keep this tradition alive.

“We really need to remember those that fought for our country,” Finkbeiner said. “I don’t believe there are any members from World War I that are still alive and very few from World War II. I feel we need to tell their stories, relive their experiences, and remember what happened, so we can support them, support their families, and remember why we live in this great country and those that fought for us to provide the freedoms we have today.”

This year’s ceremony will also be broadcast live for those who wish to take part, but do not want to attend in person. You can find the broadcast at 3sixty.live/en/channel/kdl-audio/c/strathcona-county-remembers.1754.

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Strathcona County Museum and Archives (Strathma) will also be marking Remembrance Day. The museum is set to debut a display on Thursday, Nov. 10 that will honour the soldiers and that will remain open to the public throughout November. There will also be in-person crafts to mark Remembrance Day offered every Saturday this month from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

“Remembrance Day isn’t just about fallen soldiers; it is about service members in the military who sacrifice their time and lives to national protection and humanitarian aid,” said Lauren Comba, Strathma’s education coordinator. “The regiments connect service members to their predecessors.”

Like many local organizations, the museum will be closed on Friday, Nov. 11 in observance. You can find out more about the exhibit and crafts at strathma.ca. 

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