Sched­ule of events for Re­mem­brance Day week­end

Medicine Hat News - - COMMUNITY - GIL­LIAN SLADE gslade@medicine­hat­ Twit­ter: MHNGil­lianSlade

Re­mem­brance Day events com­mence on Satur­day and con­tinue Sun­day — ini­tially at the Es­planade fol­lowed by a pa­rade and then a ser­vice at River­side Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Park, cul­mi­nat­ing with the ring­ing of bells 100 times at sun­set.

“We Will Re­mem­ber Them” is a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion, at the Es­planade from 2 p.m. on Satur­day, ac­knowl­edg­ing the cen­te­nary of the Ar­mistice.

There will be a pro­ces­sion from the Cana­dian Le­gion, Suffield and BATUS. A bell will be rung for the many peo­ple from this area who lost their lives dur­ing the First World War. Mu­sic will in­clude piper Cam Clark and an orches­tra per­form­ing many pieces we tra­di­tion­ally as­so­ciate with Re­mem­brance Day.

On Sun­day morn­ing a ser­vice will take place at the Es­planade at 9:30 a.m. with spe­cial men­tion made of it be­ing the 100th an­niver­sary of the Ar­mistice, said Sheila Don­ner, pres­i­dent of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion, Robert­son Me­mo­rial Branch No. 17 in Medicine Hat.

Im­me­di­ately af­ter the ser­vice there will be the tra­di­tional pa­rade from the Es­planade, down First Street, to River­side Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Park for a cer­e­mony at the ceno­taph at 11 a.m.

Fol­low­ing the sing­ing of a hymn there will be the lay­ing of wreaths. The cer­e­mony is ex­pected to last about 45 min­utes.

Bells across Canada will be ring­ing out on Sun­day in hon­our of the Ar­mistice cen­te­nary and the es­tab­lish­ment of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion.

St. Barn­abas Church will ring its bell 100 times start­ing at sun­set, 4:43 p.m.

Tra­di­tion­ally, church bells were rung prior to church ser­vices and to an­nounce any­thing im­por­tant in­clud­ing wed­dings.

Bells went silent in Europe dur­ing the First World War but when the Ar­mistice was signed bells rang out herald­ing the good news.

In many places through­out Europe bells will ring out again on Sun­day at 11 a.m. mark­ing the 100 an­niver­sary of the end of the First World War. In Canada bells will ring out at sun­set — The Bells of Peace — to hon­our not only the Ar­mistice but the es­tab­lish­ment of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion.

About 619,636 Cana­di­ans en­listed with the Cana­dian Ex­pe­di­tionary Force and close to 424,000 served over­seas dur­ing the First World War. Nearly 61,000 died dur­ing the war and 172,000 were wounded. Many re­turned home but were bro­ken in mind and body.


A full slate of events is sched­uled in Medicine Hat for Re­mem­brance Day week­end.

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