BY KALISHA MENDONSA
Remembrance Day ceremonies are an important recognition of history and many communities participate in these events across the country.
In Central Alberta, there are a number of communities who will host their own celebrations, including Blackfalds, Lacombe and Bentley.
The Royal Canadian Legion Lacombe Branch #79 will commemorate the day with a full-day schedule of events, beginning with a community breakfast at 8 a.m. at the Legion Hall, with cash donations being accepted at the door.
At the same time, there will be members of the public laying wreaths at the Cenotaph in the Lest We Forget Park ahead of the main ceremony.
At 10:30 a.m., a parade will march from Lacombe Legion Hall to the Lacombe Memorial Centre (LMC). In case of inclement weather, parade participants will meet at the Lacombe Fire Hall.
The main Remembrance Day service will commence at the LMC at 10:45 a.m.
Seating is limited and attendees are encouraged to come early to reserve their spots and prepare for the service.
Wreaths will be laid and a number of local veterans will take part in the ceremony.
At 12:30 p.m., a light community luncheon will take place back at the Lacombe Legion. There will also be a community potluck at the Legion at 5 p.m.
Cash donations will again be accepted, and participants are asked to please bring enough food for their family plus one.
The Blackfalds Remembrance Day service will take place at the Abbey Master Builder Centre with the ceremony starting at 10:45 a.m. This is the fourth annual Remembrance Day service that is organized by a number of church representatives – Pastor Spencer Laycock, Pastor Kyle Kloss and Paster James Clark.
The service will take place indoors, followed by a short ceremony to immediately outside of the Abbey Centre at the Blackfalds Cenotaph.
Again, space is limited so attendees are encouraged to arrive early. Refreshments will follow the service as a way for community members to come together in recognition of the important day, and of the contributions of Blackfalds men and women in the two World Wars as well as conflicts including the Korean War and the War in Afghanistan.
The Town of Bentley will be hosting its own Remembrance Day event at the Bentley Community Church at 10:45 a.m. Space is limited so please arrive early.
The Bentley Museum is also hosting an open house from 1 – 4 p.m. to commemorate the memories of the region. As well, the Museum is celebrating its 25th year in operation, so refreshments will be served to the public.