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40th Street and 118th Av­enue in north­east Ed­mon­ton.

Dur­ing the First World War, the Bev­erly neigh­bour­hood was not part of Ed­mon­ton, but got ab­sorbed into it later on.

When the war ended in 1918, cit­i­zens of Bev­erly felt it was im­por­tant to put up a me­mo­rial in hon­our­ing those who had served in the war. they later put up a ceno­taph in 1920.

to­day it’s Al­berta’s “old­est mod­ern war mon­u­ment”, said Cap­tain Richard Du­mas Ad­ju­tant to the Loyal Ed­mon­ton Reg­i­ment.

“It just goes to show how se­ri­ous the cit­i­zens of Bev­erly were to put up a me­mo­rial in grat­i­tude of the vet­er­ans,” Du­mas said.

Du­mas was in­volved in the reded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony of the Bev­erly ceno­taph this past sum­mer af­ter a group of lo­cal cit­i­zens raised $400,000 to sal­vage and re­pair the ceno­taph.

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Uni­ver­sity of Al­berta Convocation Hall (116 Street and 85 Av­enue)

Af­ter half of the Uni­ver­sity of Al­berta’s fac­ulty and stu­dents went to war, around 80 of them did not re­turn. to honour those sol­diers the uni­ver­sity took some time com­ing up with the right me­mo­rial, and af­ter many ideas that in­cluded de­bates on a statue of a sol­dier and whether or not it would hold a cig­a­rette, they de­cided on a pipe or­gan.

the orig­i­nal or­gan, which was built by Casa­vant Frères, a Cana­dian pipe or­gan com­pany and erected in 1925, was sold to some­one in Bri­tish Columbia in 1977 as it was in a state of dis­re­pair.

How­ever, the uni­ver­sity did get a new one in 1978 by the same com­pany which is cur­rently in the uni­ver­sity to­day.

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10200 105 St NW An In­dige­nous olympic ath­lete, Alex De­coteau was the only Al­ber­tan to go to the olympics in 1926. He was the first In­dige­nous po­lice of­fi­cer in Canada and was re­cruited by the 49th Bat­tal­ion, Cana­dian Ex­pe­di­tionary Force to fight in the First World War. He died in the bat­tle of Pass­chen­daele.

A plac­ard de­voted to Alex De­coteau is present in Gries­bach com­mu­nity along­side other vet­er­ans such as Vic­to­rian Cross re­cip­i­ent Ce­cil Kin­ross.

In 2014, the city of Ed­mon­ton also named a park on the cor­ner of 105 Street and 102 Av­enue af­ter him.

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Al­berta Leg­is­la­ture, Ed­mon­ton

the bat­tle of Pass­chen­daele went on from July to Novem­ber in 1917. on Wed­nes­day, Pre­mier Rachel Not­ley de­clared Nov. 10, 2017 as Bat­tle of Pass­chen­daele day.

the Cana­dian Corps, that in­cluded the 49th Bat­tal­ion reg­i­ment based out of Ed­mon­ton, re­ceived nine Vic­to­ria Crosses.

“Pass­chen­daele has of­ten been called Canada’s sec­ond Vimy Ridge, be­cause it so­lid­i­fied Canada’s right to be seen as an equal among na­tions, and drew wide recog­ni­tion of our val­our and de­ter­mi­na­tion,” Not­ley said.

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11410 Kingsway NW. the hanger where the cur­rent Al­berta Avi­a­tion Mu­seum is lo­cated used to be the Num­ber two Air ob­server School (AoS). the train­ing school was one of two schools for the Bri­tish Com­mon­wealth train­ing pro­gram, which played a big role in train­ing pi­lots for the Sec­ond World War.

Above, Zena Con­lin, mar­ket­ing and events con­duc­tor at the Al­berta Avi­a­tion Mu­seum, shows off a B-25 Mitchell Bomb­ing plane de­signed for use in the Sec­ond World War.

Kevin Tuong/for meTro

erected to re­mem­ber sol­diers who fell in the First world war. lo­ca­tion:

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