Calgary marks flood anniversary with special commemoration ceremony

CALGARY – The City of Calgary marked the one year anniversary of last year’s devastating flooding with a Flood Commemoration Ceremony on Friday.

The ceremony was a chance to reflect on the impact that flooding in 2013 had on Calgarians, and the continued impact it has on many in the community.

READ MORE: 20 compelling images of Calgary during the 2013 flood

Several dignitaries spoke at the event, including Alberta Premier Dave Hancock.

“Last year’s floods exemplified the compassion, resilience, and strength of Albertans as they rallied to help each other in a time of need,” said Hanock. “There are countless stories of neighbours helping neighbours, first responders risking their lives to bring people to safety and thousands of volunteers helping with the clean-up.”

“Albertans demonstrated the true strength of this province: the heart of its people,” said Premier Hancock.

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WATCH: Premier Dave Hancock’s speech at the 2013 Flood Commemoration Ceremony

Meanwhile, Mayor Nenshi shared a tear-jerker story about the power of kind-hearted Calgarians.

“Our city and citizens experienced a devastating flood that we will never forget,” said Nenshi. “We come together today to remember how the flood affected us in both tangible and intangible ways. But, more important, we recall the incredible resilience and community spirit shown by all Calgarians this time last year.

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“With the help of the entire community and all orders of government, we were, and continue to be, stronger than ever,” said Nenshi.

WATCH: Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s speech at the 2013 Flood Commemoration Ceremony 

The crowd also watched a video message from Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in which he thanked Alberta’s emergency service workers.

“They went above and beyond the call to support Albertans in need,” said Harper. “And they more than earned our appreciation and admiration.”

WATCH: Video Message from Prime Minister Stephen Harper

During the ceremony, officials unveiled a commemorative flood display, which included a plaque and pair of bronzed boots that are permanently housed in the Municipal Building’s Atrium for public viewing.

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There is also a Children’s Flood Art Display, featuring art from local children submitted in March, which is showcased in various locations around the city for one month, including the Wall of Windows at City Hall Station, the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts, the Municipal Building’s Atrium.

After the ceremony, there was a pancake breakfast will be hosted by the Calgary Stampede, and performances from local performers.

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