Community Recognition and Celebration

The Town of Cochrane partners with not-for-profit organizations to commemorate local events, special occasions, and achievements in the community. We love taking the opportunity to celebrate the diversity of people who call Cochrane home and our connection to the global community.

Raise a flag

Local organizations may request a flag be raised in front of the Cochrane RancheHouse for one day to commemorate major events and cultural celebrations.

Courtesy Flagpole Policy

Light the Bridge 

Community organizations may request recognition by illuminating the Jack Tennant Memorial Bridge in a particular colour for one night.

Light the Bridge Policy

Applications

Applications must be not-for-profit, community-focused, and received at least three weeks prior to the requested date. Requests are processed in the order in which they are received, are considered on a case-by-case basis, and may:

  • Support an event of national or international significance (such as Canada Day or Cochrane hosting major international event)
  • Support of a local festival or event that positively impacts local community spirit
  • Support a local, national, or international awareness issue that builds community (such as Treaty 6 Recognition Day, End Bullying Pink Shirt Day or Pride Week)
  • Tribute or memorialize well-documented local or national figures or service members

A $25 fee will be applied after the dates are confirmed.

Apply online to Raise a Flag

Apply online to Light the Bridge 


Calendar of Special Requests

The Town proactively fills the calendar to help recognize major events and cultural celebrations. 

Residents are invited to make requests based on the criteria outlined in the application section. We strive to fulfill all eligible requests but any confirmed request may be modified if a major international, national or local situation occurs.

DateEvent/OccasionBridge or Flag
Feb 26, 2022Coldest Night of the Year requested by: Helping Hands Society of Cochrane and AreaBridge lit in green, blue, yellow
Mar 26, 2022Purple Day requested by: Epilepsy Association of CalgaryBridge lit in purple
Apr 7, 2022Green Shirt Day requested by: Canadian Transplant Association Bridge lit in green
*Apr 28Day of Mourning for all those who have suffered and died in the workplace (Worker’s Mourning Day)Flags at half-mast
May 7, 2022Hometown Hockey Viewing Party at SLSFSC
Bridge lit in red 
May 15, 2022National Victims and Survivors of Crime Week requested by: Cochrane and Area Victim Services and Big Hill Haven
Bridge will be lit purple
Jun 12, 2022
Philippine Independence Day and Philippine Heritage Month Celebration requested by: Filipino-Canadian Association of Cochrane Alberta 
Bridge lit in white, yellow, blue and red
*Jun 23National Day of Remembrance for Victims of TerrorismFlags at half-mast
*Sep 13Firefighters’ National Memorial DayFlags at half-mast
*Sep 27Police and Peace Officers National Memorial DayFlags at half-mast
*Sep 30National Day for Truth and ReconciliationFlags at half-mast/Bridge Lit in orange
*Oct 11ThanksgivingBridge lit in orange
*Nov 11Remembrance DayFlags at half-mast/Bridge lit in red
*Dec 6National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against WomenFlags at half-mast
*Dec 20 - Jan 1ChristmasBridge lit in red and green


*denotes pre-scheduled annual dates when flag pole and or bridge light bookings will not be considered