Griesbach Community League has confirmed that there will not be a public Remembrance Day ceremony taking place in Griesbach this year, due to safety concerns around Covid-19. Unfortunately, the latest AHS guidelines limit public gatherings to 15 people, making it impossible for most traditional Remembrance ceremonies to take place across the city.
This event is normally hosted by the 3rd Battalion of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. Set in Patricia Park, in Griesbach, it has become a point of pride and an annual tradition for many residents – and one of our city’s largest memorial events. We are sad that we will not be able to gather to share our respects, yet are completely understanding of the extraordinary situation that has led to this decision.
That said, there are several ways to honour the fallen this November 11th:
- Proudly wear a poppy, and support the Royal Canadian Legion and Canada’s veterans.
- Participate in the traditional moment of silence at 11:00 am, wherever you may be.
- Thank a soldier or veteran for their service.
- Visit Griesbach’s many monuments that pay tribute to the soldiers, military branches and key battles – located throughout the community.
- Each street in Griesbach has deep meaning behind its name. Read the plaques to learn the stories of valour and courage.
- This year, a unique event has been created to honour the 1.7 million Commonwealth soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. It’s called Shine On. On November 11th at 7pm you are encouraged to go outside and look at the stars in the night sky. Learn more about an initiative to name the stars after the fallen. This virtual event is hosted by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.