The 2016 Flame of Remembrance ceremony will commemorate the Battle of Courcelette. The ceremony will be held Thursday, November 10, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. on the 54th floor Sky Garden at The BOW which faces The Calgary Tower. The lighting of the flame symbolizes John McRae’s immortal words from In Flanders Fields: “…to you from failing hands we throw the torch; be yours to hold it high,” and reminds us of the ultimate sacrifice made by 116,000 Canadians in the service of Canada.
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Details from our previous years' Flame of Remembrance ceremonies follow:
Valour Canada’s third annual “Flame of Remembrance” ceremony was held November 10, 2015, on the Calgary Tower’s Observation Deck. Taking place on the eve of Remembrance Day, this year's event commemorated the liberation of Holland in the Second World War. Dignitaries present included Irene Bakker, the Honourary Consul of the Netherlands in Calgary.
The Reception begins at 6:00PM, followed by a Ceremony during which Royal Canadian Navy Honourary Captain (Retired) William Wilson will light the Flame of Remembrance at the Tower. Shining high above the City of Calgary, this torch will be a call to remembrance for all, reminding every individual that Remembrance Day, and all that it stands for, will dawn with the morning light.
The evening will feature the Calgary Highlanders' pipes and drums and Dr. J.K. Mulloy school choir performing the anthems. David Gray, the host of CBC’s Eye Opener, is the Master of Ceremonies.
At our inaugural Flame of Remembrance, Captain Hub Gray, a veteran of the Kap'yong during the Korean War ignited the Calgary Tower's torch on November 10, 2013, which commemorated those who served in the Canadian Armed Forces past and present, and specifically those in the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) who had their heroic stand at the Battle of Kap’yong during the Korean War.
More details on the 2013 Flame of Remembrance can be found on our blog.