Calgary Military Museums prepare for Nov. 11

As Nov. 11 approaches, the Calgary Military Museums has been preparuig for its busiest time of the year.

The museums hold Calgary’s largest Remembrance Day ceremony, and all staff members help with the preparations.

“It’s all hands on deck,” said museum communications/media manager K.C. Richards. “Everyone has a different job than what they normally do.”

The museum itself is a very large place, allowing them to host an event as big as the Remembrance Day ceremony.

After merging with the Naval Museum of Alberta, the facility, which is east of Crowchild Trial at Flanders Avenue S.W., has wings dedicated to all branches of the military.

A feature of the museum is eight semi-permanent exhibits, which are changed at various times throughout the year, allowing the museum to add specific themes.

These range from lesser-known war stories to famous battle tales, and are one of the museums more interesting features.

The museums commonly host field trips for Calgary area schools, with an estimated 7,000 children visiting each year.

With an exhibit dedicated to the King’s Own Calgary Regiment and its history, the facility is a good place to learn about Calgary’s involvement in the world’s biggest conflicts.

A new exhibit focusing on Japanese internment during the Second World War is set to open in the coming weeks, and will showcase a side of the war rarely seen by the public.

The annual Remembrance Day memorial will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 11.

“It’s all hands on deck” – K.C. Richards

The museums are inviting as many people as possible, to make the ceremony special for those in attendance.

Free entry to the museums is being offered after the ceremony.

A Princess Patricia's propaganda poster advertises their adventure into the airborne division during World War Two in Calgary on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. The "Princess Pats" are one of Canada's most famed infantry regiments, with history dating back to the First World War. (Photo by Mitchel McKernon/The Press)
A Princess Patricia’s propaganda poster advertises their adventure into airborne training during World War Two in Calgary on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. The “Princess Pats” are one of Canada’s most famed infantry regiments, with history dating back to the First World War. (Photo by Mitchel McKernon/The Press)
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As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Mitchel McKernon is working as a reporter for The Press during the 2016-17 academic year.

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