Our day of remembrance started at the Union Cemetery for the Remembrance Day Tour of the Union and Burnsland Cemeteries. Stories about Donald Alexander Smith, Hugh McShane, Andrew Borrowman, Howard and Victor Galloway are told against the back drop of the Boar War, Battle of Somme, Battle of Passchendaele, Battles for Ypress, and Vimy Ridge.

Next we headed to the Memorial Park so La Niña could lay down the cross she made for family members who have died in War: Uncle Paul (Oct 22, 1944), Maxim (Apr 28, 1917), Alister Coops (May 5, 1917), Ingram (Aug 8, 1918), Frank Hirtle (Aug 17, 1916), Cecil (Sep 28, 1916). However, parking is difficult around the park, so we decided to move on.

The last stop was Memorial Drive, renamed in honour of Calgary’s fallen heroes. Every Remembrance Day the city lines the Drive with crosses for Calgarians who have fallen in war — and every year the number increases as more are made. Parking next to the display is not free. However, if you’re willing to walk an extra block, parking is available around the Calgary Curling Club.

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