WELCOME TO THE FIELD OF CROSSES
"Our mission is to create awareness that our freedom did not come
without a price and to honour the sacrifice of those soldiers
who for our free tomorrow gave their today."
There is a park reserved along Calgary’s Memorial Drive for 3,200 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 3,200 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 . . . . . . .
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 is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us the freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.
Author: Charles M. Province