Remembrance Day at Calgary’s Military Museums didn’t end on Sunday, Nov 11 this year.
Instead, Calgarians kept coming to the museums on Nov. 12, to view the many exhibits honouring the service of those who fought for Canada in past wars.
The significance of Nov. 11 ceremony is that it marked the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
“It was swarming in here yesterday, but today has been significantly busy,” said Donna Reeds, a volunteer host at the Military Museums, on Nov.12.
The ceremony on Sunday attracted well over 100 people, according to some of the museum workers.
The ceremony took place outdoors, filling up the parking lot.
“City officials, politicians, and even teachers from Central Memorial High School came to pay respects too,” said Jen Brookman, the head of volunteering.
However, even the Monday after, business was still at brisk.
“The tip jar looks pretty full from here,” said Reeds.
According to Reeds, Mondays are typically slow days, the only exception to that is when a school trip is booked for a Monday.
“Central will usually have trips around this time,” said Rebecca Primrose, manager of the museum’s gift shop.
“There were two last week, and one coming up today I believe.”
Central Memorial High School is roughly a ten-minute walk from the museum, making it a convenient spot for the school to do historical trips.
The areas that received a lot of attention over the weekend were the Cooper-Key Hall, which had plenty of apparel of the soldiers from the First World War from different countries.
British, Canadian and German outfits were all on display.
Cooper-Key gets lots of attention when Remembrance Day rolls around, said Brad Froggat, a curator for the Naval Museum of Alberta.
Poppies from ceremony attendees were placed on the large statues of soldiers outside the museum’s entrance.
Calgary’s Military Museums isn’t just dedicated to the First World War, but also has exhibits on the Second World War, which is located right underneath the bridge at the main entrance.
The museum also has hangars which sport real fighter jets inside, as well as some information on the Cold War.