Calgary Tower flame ceremony marks Remembrance Day
Inaugural ceremony meant to symbolize line from John McCrae's 'In Flanders Fields'
The inaugural Flame of Remembrance Ceremony took place Sunday evening in downtown Calgary, symbolizing a line from John McCrae's poem In Flanders Fields.
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The ceremony, conducted on the Calgary Tower's observation deck, was a partnership between the tower and Valour Canada, a military remembrance organization. Inspiration for the event comes from McCrae's line, "to you from failing hands we throw, the torch; be yours to hold it high."
As 2013 is also the Year of the Korea War Veteran, marking 60 years since the war's ceasefire, the ceremony was also dedicated to the 26,000 Canadians who served in Korea.
In particular, it honoured the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry's stand at the Battle of Kapyong in April 1951, which earned them a presidential citation.
The ceremony was presided over by Justice Bruce Macdonald and David Bercuson, a noted historian and author, delivered the keynote address.
At the end of the ceremony, the tower's flame was lit by Capt. Hub Gray, a Korean war veteran and Kapyong hero.
It burned for one hour and the ceremony was live-streamed on Valour Canada's website.