Remembrance Day Ceremonies in Fort McMurray

By Dawn Booth, Connect Weekly

The Chieftain MK 11 tank stands on the grounds of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 165 in Waterways on November 5. The tank is from local Legion member Jack Cross’ British military collection. Cross is a MVPA (Military Vehicle Preservation As- sociation) member and has been showcas- ing his extensive artillery collection in the community for decades. On November 11, Fort McMurray will be hosting two Remem- brance Day ceremonies – one at the Legion grounds, and the other at MacDonald Is- land Park. Photo by Dawn Booth, Connect Weekly.

The Chieftain MK 11 tank stands on the grounds of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 165 in Waterways on November 5. The tank is from local Legion member Jack Cross’ British military collection. Cross is a MVPA (Military Vehicle Preservation Association) member and has been showcasing his extensive artillery collection in the community for decades. On November 11, Fort McMurray will be hosting two Remembrance Day ceremonies – one at the Legion grounds, and the other at MacDonald Island Park. Photo by Dawn Booth, Connect Weekly.

On November 11, thousands of residents will congregate to pause and reflect on the many men and women who gave service to our country.

Like years previous, the annual local celebrations will take place at both the Royal Canadian Legion McMurray Branch No. 165 and the Nexen Energy Field House at MacDonald Island Park.

“The MacDonald Island ceremony will offer a larger space for attendance, while the Legion ceremony will be available for anyone with mobility restrictions or would like a more intimate setting,” said Bill Rockwell, communication officer of the Legion Branch No. 165.

Rockwell further shared residents can expect the traditional ceremony at both locations, which will take place simultaneously starting at 8:30 a.m. on November 11.

The ceremonies will include members from the Fort McMurray Army Cadet Corps 2803, Fort McMurray Fire Fighters Local 2494, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Emergency Services, Royal Canadian Legion McMurray Branch No. 165, Wood Buffalo Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment, 868 Rotary Northstar Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, and other community representatives.

The schedule for both will start with the Remembrance Service & Message, which will be held until 10:40 a.m., and follow with the Cenotaph Service from 10:50 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Both ceremonies will close with the March Past.

After the ceremonies, Legion representatives are welcoming the community to come join them at 9317 Huggard Street for an afternoon of socialization and comradery.

– Connect Weekly –