Historical Photos from Remembrance Day in Calgary

Each year on November 11th, Canadians from coast, to coast, to coast remember those who fought and died for our freedoms. Remembrance Day falls on the anniversary of the Armistice agreement that was signed outside of Compiégne, France in 1918 that ended World War I. The Armistice came into effect at 11:00 a.m. Paris time and marked victory for the Allies in their defeat of Germany. Although the date is reflective of the end of the First World War, the term Remembrance Day, at least in Canada, now includes the recognition of veterans and those that were lost during World War II, the Korean War, the war in Afghanistan, as well as other peacekeeping missions and international military engagements.

At the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month we will stand in honour and remember all of those who have fallen in service of their country and to acknowledge the courage of those who served and who still serve this great nation. Lest We Forget.

Service at Western Canada High School gymnasium, Calgary, Alberta, 1957
Service at Western Canada High School gymnasium, Calgary, Alberta, 1957
Choir at service at Western Canada High school, Calgary, Alberta, 1959
Farrow’s drugstore window display for Remembrance Day, Calgary, Alberta, 1957-1963
Morning service at Mewata Armouries, Calgary, Alberta, 1953
Remembrance service, Calgary, Alberta, 1953
Remembrance Day parade, Calgary, Alberta, 1953
Wreath-laying ceremony, Calgary, Alberta, 1953
Wreath-laying ceremony, Calgary, Alberta, 1953
Remembrance service in Stampede Corral, Calgary, Alberta, 1955
Remembrance service in Stampede Corral, Calgary, Alberta, 1955
Remembrance service in Stampede Corral, Calgary, Alberta, 1955
Remembrance service in Stampede Corral, Calgary, Alberta, 1955
Remembrance service in Stampede Corral, Calgary, Alberta, 1955
Service in Stampede Corral, Calgary, Alberta, 1955

For previous Remembrance Day stories please see Lest We Forget and Historic Photos of Castle Mountain Internment Camp.

Service in Stampede Corral, Calgary, Alberta, 1955

The photos above were collected from the Glenbow Archives. If you’re interested, additional information can be found for each photograph on the Glenbow website by searching the identification number that is printed on the photo. There is also the option to purchase a high resolution copy. Stay tuned for additional posts featuring historical photos from across Alberta. We’d love to know what you think in the comment section below.

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Tyler is originally from Saskatchewan, and yes he cheers for the Roughriders, but don’t hold that against him as Calgary has been his home for the past eight years. He is a teacher working at a wilderness- based treatment program for youth working to overcome addiction. Tyler is also a volunteer with the GOT Parks initiative, which aims at reconnecting Canada’s youth with our national, provincial, and territorial parks. During his time away from work, Tyler enjoys outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, and snowboarding, team sports, travelling, photography, spending time with good friends, and being at home with his wife and German Shepherd, Rome.