Remembrance Day - November 11, 2020
City Hall Ceremony
This year, due to the health risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no formal public Remembrance Day ceremony in City Hall, or outside at the Cenotaph on the City Hall Plaza.
To honour the contributions of military personnel, both past and present, who have served in times of war and peace, Edmontonians are encouraged to observe this important day in other meaningful ways. This can be done by observing a private moment of reflection, making poppies to hang in your window, or taking time to learn about Canada’s rich military history.
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Poppies may be laid at a local Cenotaph, if this can be done safely in accordance with the social distancing guidelines provided by Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health.
Remembrance Day at Municipal Cemeteries
There are no ceremonies at Edmonton’s Municipal Cemeteries on Remembrance Day, however, they may serve as places for calm and quiet reflection. Those who choose to go to a municipal cemetery this Remembrance Day are asked to continue to observe public health guidelines by staying 2 metres apart from others, and wearing a face covering or mask if physical distancing is not possible.
ETS Remembrance Day Service
On November 11, travel on Edmonton Transit is free for veterans and active members who are in military uniform or legion dress, with a Canadian Forces or RCMP identification card, or with a Veterans' card or National Defence Record card identifying the individual as past or current military personnel.
On this day, ETS will operate at a reduced frequency during peak hours, with no school or post-secondary service. Otherwise, for University fall break (November 9-13) regular weekday schedules will apply.
ETS will participate in Remembrance Day by recognizing a moment of silence at 11am on November 11. The entire system, including buses, DATS, and trains will stop at 11am for one minute to pay special tribute to all Canadian Veterans, if it is safe to do so.
DATS will operate on a holiday schedule on Remembrance Day. The Client Services Centre will be closed and subscription bookings will be cancelled. If you still require a subscription booking on these days, call 780-496-4567 (option 2) to book.
Check the ETS Trip Planner, call BusLink at 780-496-1600 or call 311 for complete route and schedule details.
Light the City
The High Level Bridge, Walterdale Bridge, City Hall, Muttart Conservatory and Rossdale Power Plant will be lit in red on Remembrance Day.
Help Their Names #ShineOn
The Commonwealth Graves Commission invites the public to name a star in their virtual sky after somebody who died in the two World Wars. Visit their website to add a name to make sure their names #ShineOn.
Veterans' Week is celebrated across Canada from November 5-11, 2020.
Virtual Cenotaph - First World War, Edmonton
Remembrance Day 2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended what history knows as the First World War. Edmontonians served and sacrificed themselves for our nation in that conflict.
We have built this virtual cenotaph to pay tribute to Edmontonians who gave their lives in the First World War and to their families, some of whose names (and even Edmonton neighbourhoods) have thankfully not been lost in the passage of time.
The names of the soldiers you see are drawn from official Commonwealth War Graves Commission documents and supplied by Veterans Affairs Canada. The list is not complete, but the video you are watching does provide a compelling experience in pixels of the price paid by Edmontonians.
Lest we forget.