Remembrance Day

Lanre Ajayi points at his poppy at the Remembrance Day at Memorial Park
Lanre Ajayi honours Remembrance Day at Memorial Park | Still: Courtesy of My City Speaks To Me

Remembrance Day

My City Speaks To Me takes a look at the day’s solemn ceremonies

Remembrance Day is commemorated on November 11 each year and marks the end of World War I. In Canada, the day is a public holiday and federal statutory holiday, as well as a statutory holiday in Alberta.

“The poppy is the symbol of Remembrance Day,” explains Lanre Ajayi. “In the run up to Remembrance Day, replica poppies were sold by the Royal Canadian Legion to provide assistance for veterans. It’s a mark of solidary.”

Visiting the ceremony at Calgary’s Memorial Park, My City Speaks To Me took a moment to reflect on the day’s meaning and capture some of the traditions.

“For me, I’ve come to know it’s a noteworthy day for many people all over the world… to pause, and to honour the men and women who served and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict, and peace,” continues Ajayi.

Tune in to learn more about the day, why it is important pause and reflect, and what it means to local Calgarians.

About My City Speaks To Me

A Nigerian artist and fashion designer based in Calgary, Lanre Ajayi is driven to develop and launch an ethical fashion line in Canada.

Shared as part of The Storytelling Project, My City Speaks To Me. The Calgary Edition. is his web series that documents the people, places, and events that make Calgary a spectacular place to live.

Follow him on Twitter at @lanreajayii and on Instagram at @lanreajayi1.

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