Thousands of Edmontonians gathered to remember the sacrifices of Canadian veterans at more than a dozen Remembrance Day ceremonies on Monday.
Premier Alison Redford was among the dignitaries who laid a wreath during the ceremony at the University of Alberta Butterdome.
“On behalf of the people of Alberta, we thank you for your service, we thank your families and we thank those who have gone for their ultimate sacrifice,” she said. “Lest we forget.”
Amanda Anderson, this year’s Silver Cross wife, laid a wreath during the Butterdome ceremony.
Anderson lost her husband Cpl. Jordan Anderson in 2007 when his armoured vehicle was blown up by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.
Cpl. Anderson, five soldiers and an Afghan interpreter lost their lives that day.
Anderson said it was heartwarming yet heartbreaking to be at today's ceremony.
"I attended this ceremony in 2002 with my husband and two of our dear friends so it's ironic that I'm here representing the fallen families," she said.
"I never, ever would have imagined back in 2002 when we were sitting in the stands that one day I would be down here."
A ceremony was also held for the first time at Patricia Park in Griesbach Village, the former site of Edmonton’s military base.
The new park is named in honour of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.