Edmontonians honour those who fought for our country
Published Friday, November 11, 2011 2:09PM MST
This Remembrance Day, millions paused to give thanks to the brave men and women who fought for our country.
Edmontonians came together to remember war heroes at ceremonies in and around the city.
Close to 5,000 showed up to one of the city's largest Remembrance Day ceremonies at the University of Alberta's Butterdome to remember our soldiers.
At the Ainsworth Dyer Memorial Bridge in Rundle Park, one cross was laid for each Canadian soldier lost in the war in Afghanistan.
The crosses were hand-crafted by Aart Van Sloten, whose future son-in-law was Ainsworth Dyer, one of four soldiers who died in a friendly fire incident near Kandahar in 2002.
"He was quite a character. He was a lot of fun. He was very serious about being a soldier," said Sloten.
One hundred and fifty-eight crosses have been made in total, with five new ones added since last November.
Hundreds gathered on the parkade at Londonderry Mall for the Kingsway Legion's annual service. The legion was demolished in the spring to make way for the LRT expansion, so the ceremony was held outdoors.
The legion expects to be back indoors for next year in a new Fort Road location.
West Edmonton Mall's Ice Palace was also packed with supporters taking time to honour and remember Canada's war veterans and peacekeepers as the Jasper Place Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion held its ceremony.
A 21-gun salute took over the Alberta Legislature grounds at 11 a.m. Many people took in the annual tradition of honouring our troops and Canadian history.
City politicians paid their respects at a service held at the cenotaph outside city hall. During the ceremony, wreaths were laid in honour of those who died in combat.
With files from Laura Tupper & Bill Fortier