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Welcome to the Field of Crosses' 11 DAYS OF REMEMBRANCE

The mission and the commitment of the Field of Crosses Memorial organization is to assure that present and future generations always remember and never forget the thousands of men and women from Southern Alberta and across Canada who gave their tomorrows for our today.

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1 week ago
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Sending a big thank you to the Calgary and CAV for stopping by Field of Crosses 5k Memorial Run and Walk this weekend, and for CPS Ceremonial Unit participation.

❤️ We truly appreciate your support!
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2 weeks ago
Field of Crosses

Sending out a friendly reminder that our Field of Crosses 5k Run or Walk will now be taking place tomorrow morning at Dale Hodges Park.

Participants are asked to arrive around 8-8:30 AM and will leave the park space of Dale Hodges Park at 9:00AM to head northwest through the Bow River pathway before returning to the park to complete their 5km route.

Did you know that Dale Hodges Park, formerly a gravel pit, recently won the highest award of honour from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects for its environmental transformation?

That's right! According to the City of Calgary website, the park has been designed to capture, slow, and filter stormwater from eight surrounding northwest communities on its journey back to the Bow River. The design highlights the natural and man-made processes involved in stormwater management.

Join us tomorrow morning to take in the sights and sounds of this incredible location, while supporting the Field of Crosses Memorial.

The Field of Crosses takes place every November 1-11 along Memorial Drive. The mission and commitment of the Field of Crosses Memorial Project is to assure that present and future generations always remember and never forget the thousands of men and women from Southern Alberta and across Canada who gave their tomorrows for our today.

Click the link below for more event and registration information!

www.fieldofcrosses.com/foc-5k/

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Sending out a friendly reminder that our Field of Crosses 5k Run or Walk will now be taking place tomorrow morning at Dale Hodges Park.

Participants are asked to arrive around 8-8:30 AM and will leave the park space of Dale Hodges Park at 9:00AM to head northwest through the Bow River pathway before returning to the park to complete their 5km route. 

Did you know that Dale Hodges Park, formerly a gravel pit, recently won the highest award of honour from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects for its environmental transformation?

Thats right! According to the City of Calgary website, the park has been designed to capture, slow, and filter stormwater from eight surrounding northwest communities on its journey back to the Bow River. The design highlights the natural and man-made processes involved in stormwater management.

Join us tomorrow morning to take in the sights and sounds of this incredible location, while supporting the Field of Crosses Memorial. 

The Field of Crosses takes place every November 1-11 along Memorial Drive. The mission and commitment of the Field of Crosses Memorial Project is to assure that present and future generations always remember and never forget the thousands of men and women from Southern Alberta and across Canada who gave their tomorrows for our today. 

Click the link below for more event and registration information!

https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/foc-5k/

📸 @o2planningdesign

#YYCEvents #FieldofCrosses #FieldofCrosses5k #FoC5k #YYCLiving #CanadianArmedForces #Veterans
2 weeks ago
Field of Crosses

This Saturday, September 11th, The Field of Crosses will host its inaugural run and walk event as part of continued fundraising efforts to support the charity’s mission of Remembrance and education.

The importance of Remembrance and education is not lost on 76 year-old run participant Gerry Masschaele, who was born in Flanders Fields just before the end of World War 2. His parents lived through the war and Masschaele was raised on their stories of horror. Gerry is happy to share his memories with media prior to the start of the run.

What you can expect from the event on Saturday?

Participants should arrive around 8-8:30 AM and will leave the park space of Dale Hodges Park at 9:00AM to head northwest through the Bow River pathway before returning to the park to complete a 5km route.

At the same time, members of the Calgary Police Service alongside veterans of 3 CAV Ypres will ride in a motorcycle brigade from Dale Hodges Park to the Colonel Belcher Retirement Residence (1945 Veterans Way NW) to pay tribute to veterans living there. Both the CPS and members of 3 CAV Ypres have long supported the Field of Crosses.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to send us a DM or visit our official event page below!

www.fieldofcrosses.com/foc-5k/

#YYCEvents #FieldofCrosses #Calgary #YYCLiving #CanadianArmedForces #Veterans
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This Saturday, September 11th, The Field of Crosses will host its inaugural run and walk event as part of continued fundraising efforts to support the charity’s mission of Remembrance and education. 

The importance of Remembrance and education is not lost on 76 year-old run participant Gerry Masschaele, who was born in Flanders Fields just before the end of World War 2. His parents lived through the war and Masschaele was raised on their stories of horror. Gerry is happy to share his memories with media prior to the start of the run.

What you can expect from the event on Saturday?

Participants should arrive around 8-8:30 AM and will leave the park space of Dale Hodges Park at 9:00AM to head northwest through the Bow River pathway before returning to the park to complete a 5km route. 

At the same time, members of the Calgary Police Service alongside veterans of 3 CAV Ypres will ride in a motorcycle brigade from Dale Hodges Park to the Colonel Belcher Retirement Residence (1945 Veterans Way NW) to pay tribute to veterans living there. Both the CPS and members of 3 CAV Ypres have long supported the Field of Crosses.

If you have any questions, please dont hesitate to send us a DM or visit our official event page below! 

https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/foc-5k/

#YYCEvents #FieldofCrosses #Calgary #YYCLiving #CanadianArmedForces #Veterans
2 weeks ago
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Field of Crosses 5k Memorial Run & Walk

🗓️ Sat. Sept 11 - 9:00 AM
📍 Dale Hodges Park

The 2021 inaugural event will take participants from Dale Hodges Park along the beautiful Bow River pathway. Participants will loop back on the same route to finish at Dale Hodges Park. Parking will be available at the park entrance on 52 St NW.

Participants will be supporting the Field of Crosses Memorial which takes place every November 1-11 along Memorial Drive. The mission and commitment of the Field of Crosses Memorial Project is to assure that present and future generations always remember and never forget the thousands of men and women from Southern Alberta and across Canada who gave their tomorrows for our today.

Join us, encourage your friends and family to run, and be sure to raise sponsorship for your participation!

See you on September 11, 2021.

Visit our website for more info and event registration!

www.fieldofcrosses.com/foc-5k/
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4 weeks ago
Field of Crosses

The crosses are all cleaned and ready for installation!

Thank you to all the fantastic volunteers who helped us this past month through the first stage of preparing 3,500 crosses for the Eleven Days of Remembrance this coming November.

We will be reaching out soon for assistance with site prep and cross installation.

#YYCVolunteers #CalgaryVolunteers #FieldofCrosses #Calgary #CanadianArmedForces
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The crosses are all cleaned and ready for installation! 

Thank you to all the fantastic volunteers who helped us this past month through the first stage of preparing 3,500 crosses for the Eleven Days of Remembrance this coming November. 

We will be reaching out soon for assistance with site prep and cross installation. 

#YYCVolunteers #CalgaryVolunteers #FieldofCrosses #Calgary #CanadianArmedForces
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Sending out a friendly reminder that our Field of Crosses 5k Run or Walk will now be taking place tomorrow morning at Dale Hodges Park.

Participants are asked to arrive around 8-8:30 AM and will leave the park space of Dale Hodges Park at 9:00AM to head northwest through the Bow River pathway before returning to the park to complete their 5km route.

Did you know that Dale Hodges Park, formerly a gravel pit, recently won the highest award of honour from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects for its environmental transformation?

That's right! According to the City of Calgary website, the park has been designed to capture, slow, and filter stormwater from eight surrounding northwest communities on its journey back to the Bow River. The design highlights the natural and man-made processes involved in stormwater management.

Join us tomorrow morning to take in the sights and sounds of this incredible location, while supporting the Field of Crosses Memorial.

The Field of Crosses takes place every November 1-11 along Memorial Drive. The mission and commitment of the Field of Crosses Memorial Project is to assure that present and future generations always remember and never forget the thousands of men and women from Southern Alberta and across Canada who gave their tomorrows for our today.

Click the link below for more event and registration information!

https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/foc-5k/

📸 @o2planningdesign

#YYCEvents #FieldofCrosses #FieldofCrosses5k #FoC5k #YYCLiving #CanadianArmedForces #Veterans
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This Saturday, September 11th, The Field of Crosses will host its inaugural run and walk event as part of continued fundraising efforts to support the charity’s mission of Remembrance and education.

The importance of Remembrance and education is not lost on 76 year-old run participant Gerry Masschaele, who was born in Flanders Fields just before the end of World War 2. His parents lived through the war and Masschaele was raised on their stories of horror. Gerry is happy to share his memories with media prior to the start of the run.

What you can expect from the event on Saturday?

Participants should arrive around 8-8:30 AM and will leave the park space of Dale Hodges Park at 9:00AM to head northwest through the Bow River pathway before returning to the park to complete a 5km route.

At the same time, members of the Calgary Police Service alongside veterans of 3 CAV Ypres will ride in a motorcycle brigade from Dale Hodges Park to the Colonel Belcher Retirement Residence (1945 Veterans Way NW) to pay tribute to veterans living there. Both the CPS and members of 3 CAV Ypres have long supported the Field of Crosses.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to send us a DM or visit our official event page by clicking our link in bio!

#YYCEvents #FieldofCrosses #Calgary #YYCLiving #CanadianArmedForces #Veterans
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Field of Crosses 5k Memorial Run & Walk

🗓️ Sat. Sept 11 - 9:00 AM
📍 Dale Hodges Park

The 2021 inaugural event will take participants from Dale Hodges Park along the beautiful Bow River pathway. Participants will loop back on the same route to finish at Dale Hodges Park. Parking will be available at the park entrance on 52 St NW.

Participants will be supporting the Field of Crosses Memorial which takes place every November 1-11 along Memorial Drive. The mission and commitment of the Field of Crosses Memorial Project is to assure that present and future generations always remember and never forget the thousands of men and women from Southern Alberta and across Canada who gave their tomorrows for our today.

Join us, encourage your friends and family to run, and be sure to raise sponsorship for your participation! See you on September 11, 2021.

Visit our website for more info and event registration!

https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/foc-5k/
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The crosses are all cleaned and ready for installation!

Thank you to all the fantastic volunteers who helped us this past month through the first stage of preparing 3,500 crosses for the Eleven Days of Remembrance this coming November.

We will be reaching out soon for assistance with site prep and cross installation.

#YYCVolunteers #CalgaryVolunteers #FieldofCrosses #Calgary #CanadianArmedForces
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August 15 to 25 marks the 104th anniversary of the Battle of Hill 70, which took place near the town of Lens, France during the First World War. The Canadian attack led by Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Currie was set to begin in July 1917, but weather postponed the assault until August 1917. The delay allowed for the Canadian forces to better prepare for the advance and conduct raids against German outposts that helped to destroy German artillery positions. Canadian Engineers prepared special drums of oil to act as a smoke screen and reduce German visibility of the oncoming Canadian troops.

The attack began on August 15, 1917 at 4:25am. Unlike other Canadian offensives, there was no large-scale preliminary artillery bombardment that morning, and as a result the attack came as a surprise to the Germans. A diversion led by the 4th Division in front of Lens distracted German forces from the primary attack and allowed the Canadian 1st and 2nd Divisions to successfully capture Hill 70. The Canadians predicted German counterattacks and chose to reinforce the areas of ground they had gained. Over the next several days, 21 counterattacks by the Germans were attempted but Canada’s consolidated forces held their ground.

On August 18, General Currie attempted to improve the position in front of Lens on the southern corner of Hill 70. The Germans were prepared for this advance, and therefore, little progress was made. Because of this German preparedness, Canadian attempts to expand their territory came to an end on August 25, 1917. Canada’s successful capturing of Hill 70 was a pivotal defeat that helped to wear down the German forces. Over the ten days of fighting, there were approximately 10,000 Canadian casualties with 1,300 having no known grave.

Canada's sacrifices are remembered today at the Hill 70 Memorial, and at the Loos British Cemetery outside Lens, France. The names of Canadians who died at Hill 70 with no known graves are also inscribed on the larger memorial at Vimy Ridge. 6 Victoria Crosses were awarded to Canadians who fought at Hill 70 and Lens. 52 of these brave men involved in the capturing of Hill 70 are commemorated annually in the Field of Crosses.
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Field of Crosses 5k Memorial Run & Walk

🗓️ Sat. Sept 11 - 9:00 AM
📍 Mewata Armoury

The 2021 inaugural event will take participants from the Mewata Armoury in downtown Calgary through the beautiful trails of Eau Claire Park before crossing the Bow River walkways to the Field of Crosses Remembrance site on Memorial Drive. Participants will loop back on the same route to finish at the Mewata Armoury.

Participants will be supporting the Field of Crosses Memorial which takes place every November 1-11 along Memorial Drive. The mission and commitment of the Field of Crosses Memorial Project is to assure that present and future generations always remember and never forget the thousands of men and women from Southern Alberta and across Canada who gave their tomorrows for our today.

Join us, encourage your friends and family to run, and be sure to raise sponsorship for your participation! See you on September 11, 2021.

Visit our website for more information and registration!

https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/foc-5k/
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This week, we took the opportunity to look back on The Korean Armistice Agreement, which was signed on July 27, 1953 and brought about a complete cessation of hostilities of the Korean War.

The Korean War started on 25 June 1950, when North Korean troops invaded South Korea. More than 26,000 Canadians served on land, at sea and in the air during this bitter conflict. Sadly, 516 Canadian service men, including Calgary born Albert Orr, died while serving with the Canadian Forces in this United Nations operations in Korea.

𝗢𝗥𝗥, 𝗔𝗹𝗯𝗲𝗿𝘁 𝗪.
𝗔𝗴𝗲 𝟯𝟬 – 𝗚𝗨 𝗥𝗖𝗔
𝗗𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗗𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗵: 𝟮𝟭/𝟭𝟭/𝟭𝟵𝟱𝟬

Albert William Orr was born February 15, 1920 in Calgary, Alberta, son of Joshua & Jean Isabel (nee McLeish) of Calgary. Brother of Roy Gordon & Kathleen Elizabeth. Albert enlisted on August 14, 1950 in Montreal, Quebec. with the Royal Canadian Artillery, serving with the 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (RCHA), service number 800444.

Albert was killed on November 21, 1950, at the age of 30. His death was the result of a head-on train collision known as the ‘Canoe River Train Accident’, south of Valemount, British Columbia. The train collision killed 21 people; 17 Canadian soldiers and the two man locomotive crew of each train.

Their Movement Orders from Camp Silo, Manitoba to Fort Lewis, Washington State for 23 officers and 315 men of the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (RCHA) for deployment to the Korean War.

Gunner Orr is Commemorated on the Wall of Remembrance, Canoe River Memorial, Korean War Cairn and Canoe River Monument.

Albert is remembered each November in the Field of Crosses.

https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/

#FieldofCrosses #CanadaRemembers #Canada #CanadianArmedForces
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👋 Hello Volunteers!

The planning and preparation for the 2021 Eleven Days of Remembrance is well underway. We are scheduling cross preparation early again this year - in August instead of October – and are reaching out to determine your potential interest and availability to volunteer.

Dates and times requiring volunteers:

• Friday, August 6 – FULL – Unload crosses from semi-trailer

• Saturday, August 7 – 9:00am - 3:30pm – Cross Prep

• Thursday, August 12 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm – Cross Prep

• Friday, August 13 - 9:00am – 3:30pm – Cross Prep

• Saturday, August 14 - 9:00am – 3:30pm – Cross Prep

• Thursday, August 19 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm – Cross Prep

• Friday, August 20 – 9:00am – 3:30pm – Cross Prep

• Saturday, August 21– 9:00am – 3:30pm – Cross Prep

This year we are implementing a new process for Volunteers to sign up for the various shifts available.

Please click the LINK IN BIO to access the Volunteer Availability form and select the date(s) and time(s) you would like to volunteer.

Confirmation of your volunteer shift(s) will follow later in July.

1. Warehouse Location – NE Calgary

2. Coffee, Water and Soda – Will be provided

3. Lunch – Will be provided

4. Snacks – An assortment of individually wrapped snacks will be provided

5. Washrooms - Available on the premises

6. Parking – Available in parking lot outside warehouse

Should you have any questions regarding the form, the volunteer shifts, or if your organization wishes to volunteer as a team, please contact Angela Williams or Faraah Punjabi, Volunteer Coordinators, for assistance registering your team.

Angela Williams – [email protected]

Thank you for your continued support of the Field of Crosses. We look forward to seeing you in August.
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In the initial stages of the First World War, many countries saw their men
flock to enlistment stations. However, there were major nations that were not initially involved in the war, such as the United States, although they did have men who wanted to join the fight. It is estimated that tens of thousands Americans went north to Canada to enlist before the U.S. entered the war in 1917. Many joined the Canadian military because they felt it was their duty to assist in the war effort.

The Canadian Expeditionary Force chose to keep these men together by creating the 97th Battalion in Toronto in 1915, better known as the American Legion. Other American-based battalions were created in other provinces, but the U.S. government asked Canada to drop American Legion from its name and the soldiers involved were distributed into different battalions.

Nearly 3,500 U.S. citizens died during the First World War with most being buried in Europe, but often were remembered as Canadians rather than Americans. There are 37 of these soldiers who are commemorated annually in the Field of Crosses.

https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/
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Throughout the month of June, Canada Helps has been running their fabulous Great Canadian Giving Challenge. For every $1 donated this month, you are automatically giving the charity or non-profit of your choice a chance to win $20,000!

This means that your generous donation will give the Field of Crosses an incredible opportunity to win $20,000 from Canada Helps!

Imagine the difference $20,000 could make for your favourite local organization!

With less than 48 hours remaining in the Great Canadian Giving Challenge, there is still time to help.

Visit the link below to learn more and show your support today.

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/field-of-crosses

#YYCCharity #CalgaryCharity #FieldofCrosses #CanadaRemembers
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Please join the Field of Crosses in welcoming Angela Williams and Faraah Punjani as “Lead Volunteer Coordinators” for 2021

𝓐𝓷𝓰𝓮𝓵𝓪 𝓦𝓲𝓵𝓵𝓲𝓪𝓶𝓼

“I am an ex-military brat - born in Lahr, Germany where my father was stationed while he served in the Armed Forces. Though I was only 6 years old when we returned to Canada, and a civilian life – my love, appreciation and respect for those that serve our country has never dimmed. I have had the pleasure of volunteering for the Field of Crosses since 2017 and am very much looking forward to my new role as volunteer coordinator.

Today I work in an administrative capacity at an investment management firm. Outside of work and volunteering, I enjoy spending time with my husband and 2 adult kids hiking, playing pickleball, amateur gardening and keeping up with our 2 dogs.”

𝓕𝓪𝓻𝓪𝓪𝓱 𝓟𝓾𝓷𝓳𝓪𝓷𝓲

Faraah is a current 3rd year Kinesiology student at the University of Calgary, studying to become a doctor. She was a sea cadet at 335 R.C.S.C.C. Calgary for 7 years, and is now an instructor at 359 R.C.S.C.C. Chicoutimi. For the past several years, she has volunteered her time to support the Field of Crosses as a cadet. Faraah is very excited to join the Field of Crosses initiative in a formal position and she looks forward to working with you all!”

THANK YOU & WELCOME ANGELA AND FARAAH !

#FieldofCrosses #Calgary #YYC
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𝗡𝗢𝗥𝗪𝗘𝗦𝗧, 𝗛𝗲𝗻𝗿𝘆 𝗟. 𝗠𝗠
Age 34 – L/Cpl 50 th Bn
Date of Death: 18/08/18

Henry Louis Norwest was born on May 1,1884 in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, son of Mrs. Genevieve Norwest of Sacred Heart, Alberta. Henry is a Métis of French-Cree ancestry.

He was a former ranch-hand and rodeo performer, and his occupation was listed as a saddler. He also served 5 months with the Royal North West Mounted Police (RNWMP).

Henry enlisted in Calgary, Alberta on September 8, 1915, with the Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment), service number 435684.

Henry Norwest was a Métis marksman and one of the most famous Canadian snipers in the First World war. In his nearly three years of service with the 50th Canadian Infantry Battalion, the Lance Corporal achieved a sniping record of 115 fatal shots.

The battalion's star marksman earned the Military Medal in 1917 at a peak on Vimy Ridge dubbed "the Pimple". The Canadian Corps, part of a massive Allied offensive, was tasked with capturing the Ridge. Although previous Allied attempts to take it had failed, the elaborately planned Canadian assault succeeded. Most of the Ridge was taken on the first day, April 9, 1917. Three days later, the two remaining enemy positions, including the Pimple, were conquered.

His citation reads, Norwest showed "great bravery, skill and initiative in sniping the enemy after the capture of the Pimple. By his activity he saved a great number of our men's lives."

The following year, Norwest was awarded a bar to his MM (Military Medal) but this citation does not indicate the reason. During the Battle of Amiens (August 8 – 30, 1918) Allied forces advanced 19 kilometers in three days. For his part, Norwest destroyed several enemy machine-gun posts and achieved a sniping record that was a battalion high.

Lance Corporal Norwest was killed in action by an enemy sniper on August 18, 1918, at the age of 34, three months before the end of the war. He is buried at Warvillers Churchyard Extension in Somme, France.

He is remembered each November in the Field of Crosses.

#IndigenousPeoplesDay #NationalIndigenousPeoplesDay #FieldofCrosses #CanadaRemembers

https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/
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𝗙𝗢𝗫𝗛𝗘𝗔𝗗, 𝗠𝗶𝗸𝗲
Age 19 – Pte 50 th Bn
Date of Death: 23/10/1917

Mike Foxhead was born August 16, 1898, on the Blackfoot Indian Reserve, Gleichen, Alberta, son of the Foxhead and Mary Many Shots.

He enlisted on October 9, 1916, in Calgary, Alberta with the 191st Battalion Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment), service number 895403. His occupation was a cowboy.

Mike wrote a letter home in 1917; “I’ll stick to it until the end to put up a name for the Reserve, so they can say that they have one of our boys over here. I could have got out of it when other boys got discharged only, I want to do my bit like all other Canadians. I knew that somebody had to go and fight for the Empire, and I made up my mind that I would go because it would be my duty sooner or later.”

Mike was killed in action by a sniper during the Battle of Passchenaele on October 23, 1917, at the age of 19. Private Mike Foxhead is commemorated on Menin Gate (Ypres) Memorial in Belgium and each November in the Field of Crosses.

https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/

#IndigenousPeoplesDay #NationalIndigenousPeoplesDay #FieldofCrosses #CanadaRemembers
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Today, June 21, is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. As such, we would like to take this opportunity to share the stories of three brave men who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country's freedoms.

𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗦𝗜𝗡𝗚𝗘𝗥, 𝗚𝗲𝗼𝗿𝗴𝗲
Age 23 – Pte 50 th Bn
Date of Death: 14/01/1919

George Coming Singer was born on the Blood Indian Reserve in MacLeod, Alberta on August 15, 1894.

George enlisted on September 6, 1916 in MacLeod, Alberta with the Canadian Infantry (Albert Regiment), service number 895373. His occupation is listed as a farmer.

While fighting in the Battle of Amiens, George was wounded in action on August 11, 1918 as the result of mustard gas burns and a gun shot wound to his left ankle. He was later transferred to the Special Hospital in Lenham, England where he died of Tuberculosis on January 14, 1919 at the age of 23.

Private George Coming Singer is buried at Lenham Cemetery, Maidstone Borough, Kent, England, and is remembered each November in the Field of Crosses.

https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/

#IndigenousPeoplesDay #NationalIndigenousPeoplesDay #FieldofCrosses #CanadaRemembers
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𝗬𝗘𝗟𝗟𝗢𝗪𝗙𝗟𝗬, 𝗚𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗼𝗻
Age 24 – Pte. SHofC
Date of Death: 27/12/43

Gordon Yellowfly was born on the Blackfoot Reserve, Gleichen, Alberta on April 2, 1919. He was the son of Chief Teddy and Jane Yellowfly, husband of Ida Yellowfly, and father to their three children. His true name was PIIKSA-PI, which means “Sacred Visionary” in his native language.

Gordon was known in the 1930’s and 1940’s as an excellent athlete. He won third place in the Calgary Herald Road Race the year before he shipped overseas and was active in both hockey and boxing. Gordon enlisted in Calgary, June 9, 1942, joining the Canadian Army, Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, service number M102005.

By the winter of 1943, the German armies in Italy were defending a line stretching from the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Naples to the Adriatic Sea south of Ortona. The Allies prepared to break through this line to capture Rome. For its part, the 1st Canadian Infantry Division was to cross the Moro River and take Ortona.

Private Gordon Yellowfly was killed in action December 27, 1943 at the age of 24 in Ortona, Italy.

He is buried in the Moro River Canadian War Cemetery in Ortona. The inscription on Gordon’s headstone is “The sun shines, waters flow the grass grows; like these, our memories of you shall live for ever.” Gordon is also commemorated by the Gordon Yellowfly PIIKSA-PI Memorial Arbour on the Siksika Reserve and honoured each November in Calgary's Field of Crosses.

https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/

#FieldofCrosses #CanadaRemembers #CanadianArmedForces
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In June, we commemorate National Indigenous History Month to recognize the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada. 🍁❤️

We would like to take this opportunity to share some of the stories of Alberta's Indigenous soldiers who bravely fought for our freedom.

MOUNTAIN HORSE, ALBERT
Age 21 – DVR
Date of Death: 19/11/1915

Albert Mountain Horse is believed to have been the first Aboriginal person from Western Canada to enlist in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War.

His first action was at Ypres, Belgium, where the Germans released poison gas upon the allied lines. Although he escaped that battle without serious injury, he suffered significant lung damage as a result of being gassed multiple times and was kept in the hospital. Seriously ill, he was diagnosed with pneumonia and declared unfit for active duty. Sadly, his pneumonia turned into tuberculosis and Mountain Horse died three days after returning to Canada.

Albert's name can be found in our Field of Crosses each November.

#IndigenousHistoryMonth #WeRemember #Canada #FieldofCrosses
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On June 6, 1944, Canadian, American, and British troops landed on five different beaches across the Normandy coastline, marking the beginning of the campaign to liberate north-west Europe from German occupation.

The D-Day assault on Normandy, codenamed Operation Overlord, was the largest seaborne invasion in history.

Canadian soldiers played a pivotal role in the success of the Allied landings in Normandy. In fact, of the nearly 150,000 Allied troops who landed or parachuted into Normandy on D-DAY, 14,000 were from Canadian forces, 3,000 of whom were in the first wave.

The first Canadian troops on French soil were men of the First Canadian Parachute Battalion. These paratroopers landed between the hours of 1:00 AM and 1:30 AM on June 6, one hour ahead of the rest of the brigade, although many would be scattered around the French countryside. The 3rd Canadian Division would go on to break the back of the assault, helping to provide time and space for the massive Allied buildup that would eventually retake France.

Juno beach itself was 9.7 kilometres wide. The first Canadian infantry set foot into this defence network between 7:45 AM and 8:15 AM. As the boat ramps came down, many men raced to the sea wall. In some sectors, this bombardment had been quite effective, in others, men were shot before exiting their landing craft, with others barely making it ashore.
Today, we remember Canada’s contribution, and honour the brave soldiers who gave their lives during this absolutely terrifying operation.

7 Southern Albertans who lost their lives on this day are commemorated each November in the Field of Crosses.

𝗗𝗔𝗩𝗜𝗗, 𝗪𝗶𝗹𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗛.
Age 20 - Pte CScotR

𝗗𝗢𝗕𝗕𝗦, 𝗝𝗼𝘀𝗲𝗽𝗵 𝗗
Age 36 - Capt RCA

𝗠𝗰𝗖𝗢𝗥𝗠𝗔𝗖𝗞, 𝗔𝗱𝗼𝗹𝗳
Age 22 - Pte CScotR

𝗠𝗰𝗟𝗔𝗨𝗚𝗛𝗟𝗜𝗡, 𝗪𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗱 𝗟
Age 32 - Pte CScotR

𝗠𝗢𝗢𝗥𝗘, 𝗥𝗼𝗯𝗲𝗿𝘁 𝗙
Age 23 - TR 1st Hussars RCAC

𝗥𝗢𝗕𝗜𝗡𝗦𝗢𝗡, 𝗝𝗼𝗵𝗻 𝗙
Age 21 - GU RCA

𝗪𝗔𝗥𝗘, 𝗘𝗱𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗘
Age 25 - Pte RCA

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It is with great sadness that the Field of Crosses announces the passing of one of our incredible Volunteers, Wendy Kruyssen.

Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to Wendy's family and all those close to her.

https://www.tributearchive.com/obituaries/21262562/Wendy-Gayle-Kruyssen/wall
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