Remembrance Day Events & Ceremonies in Calgary

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It is often easy to take for granted our Canadian values and institutions, our freedom to participate in cultural and political events, and our right to live under a government of our democratic choice. We enjoy clean air, clean water, abundant food, peaceful cities and a whole lot of still-unspoiled nature on our doorsteps. Our children have opportunities for excellent education; we have superb health care and a rich and diverse cultural environment. 

As a single woman, I am free to have adopted a child from another country, am free to support my family in the wonderful business of real estate, free to be friends with whom I choose, to belief in whatever higher power I please, and to move about independently with relative safety and ease.  

There are too many places in the world where people don't have these basic rights and freedoms that I and all Canadians enjoy.

Too many places where the freedom to practice any religion is restricted, where people are arbitrarily and unlawfully detained, tortured, or killed for what they believe to be true.

Too many places where men, women and children face physical, sexual or psychological violence, where young girls are forced into marriage (or worse), young boys are forced into war, and as we watch our news feeds in horror - whole families are forced into boats to flee a home that is no longer safe.

On Remembrance Day, we acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of those who have stepped up to serve us all in this beautiful country Canada. And we give thanks.  I am humbled by their service.

The Canadians who go off to war in distant lands go in the belief that the way of life enjoyed by Canadians is being threatened. They endure unspeakable hardships, risk their very lives for us, for their families and friends, for their home, for a country they cherish and a future they believe in.  

Our pride for our country, and gratitude towards the brave men and women who have served us in the name of freedom shouldn't be limited to just one day.

By remembering their service and their sacrifice, we honour the tradition of freedom these men and women fought for and that we must continue to fight to preserve. It is up to each of us to ensure that their dream of peace is realized. 

The brave men and women who go to war do so for Canada and all we stand for.  We shall never forget.

Today and every day - Love Where You Live


Follow this link for a list of events and ceremonies to attend in and around Calgary this Remembrance Day.

Lest We Forget.


Home, by Warsan Shire 

no one leaves home unless

home is the mouth of a shark.

you only run for the border

when you see the whole city 

running as well.

your neighbours running faster 

than you, the boy you went to school with

who kissed you dizzy behind 

the old tin factory is

holding a gun bigger than his body,

you only leave home

when home won't let you stay.

no one would leave home unless home 

chased you, fire under feet, 

hot blood in your belly.

it's not something you ever thought about 

doing, and so when you did - 

you carried the anthem under your breath,

waiting until the airport toilet 

to tear up the passport and swallow, 

each mouthful of paper making it clear that 

you would not be going back.

you have to understand,

no one puts their children in a boat

unless the water is safer than the land.

who would choose to spend days 

and nights in the stomach of a truck

unless the miles travelled

meant something more than journey.

no one would choose to crawl under fences,

be beaten until your shadow leaves you,

raped, then drowned, forced to the bottom of 

the boat because you are darker, be sold, 

starved, shot at the border like a sick animal, 

be pitied, lose your name, lose your family,

make a refugee camp a home for a year or two or ten,

stripped and searched, find prison everywhere

and if you survive

and you are greeted on the other side 


go home blacks, refugees

dirty immigrants, asylum seekers

sucking our country dry of milk,

dark, with their hands out

smell strange, savage -

look what they've done to their own countries,

what will they do to ours?

the dirty looks in the street

softer than a limb torn off,

the indignity of everyday life 

more tender than fourteen men who

look like your father, between

your legs, insults easier to swallow

than rubble, than your child's body

in pieces - for now, forget about pride

your survival is more important.

i want to go home,

but home is the mouth of a shark

home is the barrel of the gun

and no one would leave home

unless home chased you to the shore

unless home tells you to 

leave what you could not behind,

even if it was human.

no one leaves home until home

is a damp voice in your ear saying

leave, run now, i don't know what 

i've become. 


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