Alberta's Lieutenant Govenor was among a number of dignitaries who unveiled Calgary's Soldiers' Memorial Saturday morning on Memorial Drive.

Col. Donald Ethel called the monument 'a labour of love' and said Canadians have a duty to guard the legacy of our fallen heroes.

"I trust that this new memorial with quickly become a cherished fixture for all Calgarians, as well as a place that encourages inspiration, reflection, and the deepest gratitude," Ethel said.

The Marc Boutin-designed sculpture stands as a tribute to the sacrifice and service of soldiers serving with Calgary's Army Reserve Regiments in the First and Second World Wars, as well as  in the recent conflict in Afghanistan.

Six large upright marble slabs carry the names of over 3,000 soldiers who died while in service.

The units commemorated are the King's Own Calgary Regiment, 41 Combat Engineering Regiment, The Calgary Highlanders, 14 (Calgary) Service Battalion and 15 Field Ambulance (Det Calgary) as well as units descended from those regiments.

"It is designed to bring focus to the themes of remembrance, legacy and history, and what those themes mean to Calgarians," said a statement from the City of Calgary.

The Calgary Soldier's Memorial is part of a larger parks project along Memorial Drive called the Landscape of Memory.

The Mayor of Calgary, Naheed Nenshi, speaking at the unveiling ceremony, asked Calgarians to look for inspiration from the project.

"We need to think of these as living monuments — as monuments to those freedoms that we enjoy every single day and that Canadians continue to live and fight for, such that others around the world may enjoy them as well," Nenshi said.

Saturday also marked the National Day of Remembrance of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Flags were flown at half-mast at Calgary's McDougall Centre, city hall, and municipal buildings from daybreak until sunset.

With files from the CBC's Tim Devlin