By Mabell, Dave on November 9, 2019.
A howitzer will be fired in Lethbridge Monday as one of the city’s Remembrance Day events.
At 11 a.m., the gun will signal two minutes of silence. Captain Brad Young, spokesperson for the 20th Independent Field Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery, says the “Minute Gun” will be located near the Field of Honour in Mountain View Cemetery.
Members of the public are invited to the event, he says. They’re asked to remain 100 metres from the site while the gun is firing.
Soldiers will be posted around the perimeter to ensure safety, he adds.
The 105-millimetre C3 howitzer will fire one blank round to mark the beginning of the two minutes of silence and another to end it.
Earlier, the day’s first remembrance event will be held at 10 a.m. in the Exhibition Pavilion. Representatives of the Royal Canadian Legion, General Stewart Branch, ask residents to arrive in time to be seated before then.
At noon, an outdoor ceremony will be held downtown at the cenotaph in front of the Yates Centre. The Legion branch will open at 1 p.m., officials say, with an opportunity for veterans, family members and friends to continue recognizing all those who have been wounded or killed during battles in defence of their nation.