Commemorating The Centennial of the End of the First World War
In the week leading up to Remembrance Day, a number of special events will be held in Regina to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
“The Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to partner with the Royal United Services Institute of Regina in observing the 100th year since the end of the First World War,” Minister Responsible for the Provincial Capital Commission Ken Cheveldayoff said. “Paying tribute to the men, women and families that gave so much to preserve our democracy and freedom is an honour that people across Saskatchewan share.”
The annual Service of Remembrance will be held at the Legislative Building on November 7 at 10 a.m. This year’s ceremony will include the introduction of a permanent Wall of Honour to pay homage to 15 Saskatchewan soldiers who were awarded the Victoria Cross, the Commonwealth’s highest honour for valour during wartime.
Ten of those being honoured received the award for their bravery and service during the First World War. The Wall of Honour will be on temporary display in the Cumberland Gallery at the Legislative Building and will be permanently installed in Room 218 on the second floor of the building.
On November 7 at 6:30 p.m. the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan will release the final video in its five-part video series, From the Prairies to the Trenches, about Saskatchewan’s role in the First World War. Entitled “Amiens, Armistice and Aftermath,” the free public showing of the final episode will be held at the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina. The video is also being translated into French by Radio-Canada and will be available for viewing on its website at https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1126093/premiere-guerre-francais-archives-saskatchewan.
The Royal United Services Institute of Regina will host a Military Open House on November 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. for students and 6 to 9 p.m. for the general public in Banner Hall, Queensbury Convention Centre. This free public event features military displays and exhibits highlighting the First World War, the Aboriginal Veterans and the modern equipment of today’s Canadian Armed Forces.
The week’s commemorative events will culminate with the Commissionaires Armistice Century Ball on November 9 at the Queensbury Convention Centre Ballroom. Led by the Royal United Services Institute and committee, more than 500 people will attend the black-tie affair, including Lieutenant Governor W. Thomas Molloy, Premier Scott Moe, past and present members of the Canadian Armed Forces, and many other distinguished guests.
Tickets for the event can be found at www.rusiregina.ca.