WELCOME TO THE FIELD OF CROSSES
"A yearly tribute to Southern Alberta's fallen soldiers"
There is a park reserved along Calgary’s Memorial Drive for 3,000 white crosses which are displayed each year on November 1st and removed November 12th. The date coincides with the Calgary Poppy Fund’s annual fundraising campaign and the Canadian Legacy Project's Veterans Food Drive. Each cross is inscribed with the name, rank, regiment, date of death and age at death of a Southern Alberta soldier killed in action. It is estimated that more than 3,000 Southern Alberta soldiers have been killed in action. Veterans Affairs Canada keeps records of those who died, but not the hometown of the casualty; we welcome volunteers and input from friends and relatives who have lost a loved one from Southern Alberta who was killed in action and is not included in our Field of Crosses. Our wish is that no Southern Alberta soldier who paid the ultimate price for our freedom is ever forgotten.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them . . . . . . .
This year we are commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the start of WW I (1914-1918). August 2014 also marked 100 years of service to Canada by the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI). We also recognize this as being the 75th anniversary of Canada's engagement in WW II (1939-1945).
At sunrise each morning from November 1 to November 11 there is a flag raising ceremony at the Field of Crosses including a bugler and a piper. At sunset the flags are lowered.
Members of the public are welcome at these ceremonies or to visit the site at any time, to walk among the crosses, to lay flowers at a loved one’s memorial or to be reminded that the price of the freedom we enjoy was not free. Public parking is available at the west end of the park.
The memorial project is an initiative of the McCann Family Foundation in association with the Calgary Poppy Fund and numerous volunteers.
It's the Soldier, not the Reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press.
It's the Soldier, not the Poet, who has given us the freedom of speech.
It's the Soldier, not the Politician, that ensures our right to Life,
Liberty & the Security of the Person.
It's the Soldier, not the Campus Organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It's the Soldier, not the Lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It's the Soldier, not the Preacher, who has given us freedom of religion.
It's the Soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, whose coffin
is draped by the flag and who allows the protestor to burn the flag.