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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.

๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—ฅ, ๐—”๐—น๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ช.
๐—”๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฌ โ€“ ๐—š๐—จ ๐—ฅ๐—–๐—”
๐——๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐——๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต: ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿญ/๐Ÿญ๐Ÿญ/๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฌ

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 โ€˜Canoe River Train Accidentโ€™, 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.

www.fieldofcrosses.com/

#FieldofCrosses #CanadaRemembers #Canada #CanadianArmedForces
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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.

๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—ฅ, ๐—”๐—น๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ช.
๐—”๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฌ โ€“ ๐—š๐—จ ๐—ฅ๐—–๐—”
๐——๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐——๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต: ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿญ/๐Ÿญ๐Ÿญ/๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฌ

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 โ€˜Canoe River Train Accidentโ€™, 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
4 weeks ago
Field of Crosses

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.

www.fieldofcrosses.com/
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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/
1 month ago
Field of Crosses

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.

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

#YYCCharity #CalgaryCharity #FieldofCrosses #CanadaRemembers
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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
1 month ago
Field of Crosses

Please join the Field of Crosses in welcoming Angela Williams and Faraah Punjani as โ€œLead Volunteer Coordinatorsโ€ for 2021

๐“๐“ท๐“ฐ๐“ฎ๐“ต๐“ช ๐“ฆ๐“ฒ๐“ต๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“ช๐“ถ๐“ผ

โ€œI 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 โ€“ 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.โ€

๐“•๐“ช๐“ป๐“ช๐“ช๐“ฑ ๐“Ÿ๐“พ๐“ท๐“ณ๐“ช๐“ท๐“ฒ

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!โ€

THANK YOU & WELCOME ANGELA AND FARAAH !

#FieldofCrosses #Calgary #YYC
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Please join the Field of Crosses in welcoming Angela Williams and Faraah Punjani as โ€œLead Volunteer Coordinatorsโ€ for 2021

๐“๐“ท๐“ฐ๐“ฎ๐“ต๐“ช ๐“ฆ๐“ฒ๐“ต๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“ช๐“ถ๐“ผ

โ€œI 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 โ€“ 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.โ€

๐“•๐“ช๐“ป๐“ช๐“ช๐“ฑ ๐“Ÿ๐“พ๐“ท๐“ณ๐“ช๐“ท๐“ฒ

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!โ€ 

THANK YOU & WELCOME ANGELA AND FARAAH !

#FieldofCrosses #Calgary #YYC

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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.

๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—ฅ, ๐—”๐—น๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ช.
๐—”๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฌ โ€“ ๐—š๐—จ ๐—ฅ๐—–๐—”
๐——๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐——๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต: ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿญ/๐Ÿญ๐Ÿญ/๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฌ

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 โ€˜Canoe River Train Accidentโ€™, 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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๐Ÿ‘‹ 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 โ€“ and are reaching out to determine your potential interest and availability to volunteer.

Dates and times requiring volunteers:

โ€ข Friday, August 6 โ€“ FULL โ€“ Unload crosses from semi-trailer

โ€ข Saturday, August 7 โ€“ 9:00am - 3:30pm โ€“ Cross Prep

โ€ข Thursday, August 12 โ€“ 6:00pm โ€“ 9:00pm โ€“ Cross Prep

โ€ข Friday, August 13 - 9:00am โ€“ 3:30pm โ€“ Cross Prep

โ€ข Saturday, August 14 - 9:00am โ€“ 3:30pm โ€“ Cross Prep

โ€ข Thursday, August 19 โ€“ 6:00pm โ€“ 9:00pm โ€“ Cross Prep

โ€ข Friday, August 20 โ€“ 9:00am โ€“ 3:30pm โ€“ Cross Prep

โ€ข Saturday, August 21โ€“ 9:00am โ€“ 3:30pm โ€“ 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 โ€“ NE Calgary

2. Coffee, Water and Soda โ€“ Will be provided

3. Lunch โ€“ Will be provided

4. Snacks โ€“ An assortment of individually wrapped snacks will be provided

5. Washrooms - Available on the premises

6. Parking โ€“ 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 โ€“ [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 โ€œLead Volunteer Coordinatorsโ€ for 2021

๐“๐“ท๐“ฐ๐“ฎ๐“ต๐“ช ๐“ฆ๐“ฒ๐“ต๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“ช๐“ถ๐“ผ

โ€œI 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 โ€“ 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.โ€

๐“•๐“ช๐“ป๐“ช๐“ช๐“ฑ ๐“Ÿ๐“พ๐“ท๐“ณ๐“ช๐“ท๐“ฒ

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!โ€

THANK YOU & WELCOME ANGELA AND FARAAH !

#FieldofCrosses #Calgary #YYC
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๐—ก๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—ช๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ง, ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—Ÿ. ๐— ๐— 
Age 34 โ€“ 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 Mรฉtis 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 Mรฉtis 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 โ€“ 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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๐—™๐—ข๐—ซ๐—›๐—˜๐—”๐——, ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ธ๐—ฒ
Age 19 โ€“ 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; โ€œIโ€™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.โ€

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 Mรฉtis 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.

๐—–๐—ข๐— ๐—œ๐—ก๐—š ๐—ฆ๐—œ๐—ก๐—š๐—˜๐—ฅ, ๐—š๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฒ
Age 23 โ€“ 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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๐—ฌ๐—˜๐—Ÿ๐—Ÿ๐—ข๐—ช๐—™๐—Ÿ๐—ฌ, ๐—š๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ป
Age 24 โ€“ 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 โ€œSacred Visionaryโ€ in his native language.

Gordon was known in the 1930โ€™s and 1940โ€™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 Gordonโ€™s headstone is โ€œThe sun shines, waters flow the grass grows; like these, our memories of you shall live for ever.โ€ 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 Mรฉtis peoples in Canada. ๐Ÿโค๏ธ

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 โ€“ 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 Canadaโ€™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.

๐——๐—”๐—ฉ๐—œ๐——, ๐—ช๐—ถ๐—น๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—›.
Age 20 - Pte CScotR

๐——๐—ข๐—•๐—•๐—ฆ, ๐—๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ต ๐——
Age 36 - Capt RCA

๐— ๐—ฐ๐—–๐—ข๐—ฅ๐— ๐—”๐—–๐—ž, ๐—”๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ณ
Age 22 - Pte CScotR

๐— ๐—ฐ๐—Ÿ๐—”๐—จ๐—š๐—›๐—Ÿ๐—œ๐—ก, ๐—ช๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—Ÿ
Age 32 - Pte CScotR

๐— ๐—ข๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—˜, ๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—™
Age 23 - TR 1st Hussars RCAC

๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—•๐—œ๐—ก๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—ก, ๐—๐—ผ๐—ต๐—ป ๐—™
Age 21 - GU RCA

๐—ช๐—”๐—ฅ๐—˜, ๐—˜๐—ฑ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—˜
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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May 29th is celebrated annually as International Peacekeeperโ€™s Day in Canada.

Since 1954, Canadians have been involved in missions across the globe to bring stability and peace to other nations. Over the course of 70 years, 125,000 Canadian military personnel have served in 50 United Nations missions. Canadaโ€™s first major mission came in 1957, during the Suez Canal Crisis. Secretary of State for External Affairs for the Louis St. Laurent Government, Lester B. Pearson, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957 for his work during this mission. Pearson suggested that an impartial military force be placed between the Israeli and Egyptian forces to stabilize the situation. The success of this concept allowed for the de-escalation of the Suez Crisis, and became the basis for further peacekeeping missions.

Canada is one of the world leaders in peacekeeping missions and has contributed to approximately 10 percent of the total United Nations peacekeeping forces.

Throughout all peacekeeping operations, a total of 130 Canadians have died.

The theme for this yearโ€™s Day is "The road to a lasting peace: Leveraging the power of youth for peace and security."

๐˜œ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜•๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฑ๐˜ด ๐˜ฏ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ด ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ด. ๐˜›๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜บ, ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ณ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ, ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ.

For more information, please visit the official UN website below!

https://www.un.org/en/observances/peacekeepers-day

#PeacekeepersDay #CanadaRemembers #Canada #CanadianArmedForces #PeaceKeepers
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๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—Ÿ๐—”๐—ก, ๐—š๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ช. ๐——๐—–๐— 
Age 28 โ€“ L/Cpl 10th Bn
Date of Death: 23/4/1915

George William Allan was born January 12, 1887 in Barrington, Bristol County, Rhode Island, USA. Son of Mary Allan of Hamilton, Ontario. George was an electrician by trade and lived and was well known in Lethbridge, Alberta. George enlisted in Calgary, Alberta, August 15, 1914 with the 103 Regiment Calgary Rifles, Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment), 10th Battalion. Service number 19616. George had previous military service with the U.S. Navy and then with the Hamilton 91st Highlanders Regiment.

George was killed in action on April 23, 1915 at the age of 28. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal CDM, his Citation states; โ€œFor conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on the night of 23rd -24th April 1915 when he fought first one machine gun and then a second, until both were put out of action and their teams either killed or wounded, he then continued to fire his rifle until killed at his post.โ€

Lance Corporal George W. Allan is commemorated at Menin Gate (Ypres) Memorial in Belgium.

The Menin Gate Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town of Ypres (now Leper) in the Province of West Flanders. It bears the names of 55,000 men who were lost without trace during the defense of the Ypres Salient.

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#CanadaRemembers #Canada #CanadianArmedForces #Remember
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๐Ÿ From all of us at the Field of Crosses, we would like to wish you and your family a safe and happy #VictoriaDay!

#Canada #FieldofCrosses #Calgary #YYC
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Today for #InternationalNursesDay, we remember Nursing Sister Matilda Ethel Green who has a cross erected in her honor each November in the Field of Crosses.

Matilda Green was born August 14, 1886, in Litsowel, Ontario. She received her nursing training and graduated at Medicine Hat General Hospital in Alberta. In April, 1917, she enlisted with the Canadian Army Nursing Service from Calgary, AB. Immediately after, she was serving at the No. 7 Canadian General Hospital in ร‰taples, France. It is an understatement to say that the conditions Green would have faced were challenging. Supplies, food and water were often scarce, the amount of patients and wounded coming in were overwhelming, and nursing sisters often worked long shifts.

In the First World War, women did not fight as soldiers, but they greatly contributed to the war effort in many other ways. Nearly 2,500 other Canadian women served overseas as nursing sisters (just as Matilda Green did), and many more worked at home to care for the sick and wounded. Often referred to as "Angels of Mercy" by the many soldiers they treated, there is much to learn from the bravery displayed and sacrifices made by these women.

In October of 1918, Green fell ill with pneumonia, and succumbed to the illness, dying of it. She was one of 53 women to give their lives for Canada.

Matilda Green's sacrifice reminds us not to take our freedom for granted. Her life and legacy is a reminder to us to take the responsibility to fight for and uphold the values and freedoms which others have sacrificed their lives for. We should take inspiration from this to fight for ourselves, to fight for others, and to fight for a common goal - together - to make the world a better place for all.

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#NurseDay #CanadaRemembers
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This past Sunday, May 9, marked the 7th anniversary of Canada's National Day of Honour, which took place in 2014 to commemorate Canadaโ€™s Afghanistan mission.

More than 40,000 Canadians troops were involved between 2001 and 2014, the largest deployment since the Second World War. The Canadian forces played a role in attempting to bring democracy to Afghanistan and fight terrorism following the events of September 11, 2001. Canadians were involved in numerous combat operations throughout their time in the nation, which was concluded on June 6, 2011, after Prime Minister Stephen Harper declared the mission a success as the region was safer than it was when Canadaโ€™s Armed Forces arrived in 2006.

The Canadian efforts in the war were highly effective, but it came at a great cost. Suicide attacks and roadside bombs from the opposition were common, and caused the most Canadian casualties. Throughout the 13-year war, a total of 158 Canadians were killed.

11 of these heroes are commemorated annually in the Field of Crosses, their names are as follows:

๐——๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ž๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ป
Y R 22 Pte PPCLI 03/08/2006

๐—š๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—ก๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฎ
K 26 Capt RCHA 17/05/2006

๐—›๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ป ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ธ
J 21 Pte PPCLI 03/09/2008

๐—›๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ด ๐—ก๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป
24 Cpl KOCR 24/09/2007

๐—ž๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—•๐—ฟ๐˜†๐—ฐ๐—ฒ
J 27 Cpl PPCLI 03/08/2006

๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป
H 24 Spr 1 CER 30/10/2009

๐— ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ธ ๐—š๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฒ
R 28 Sgt CER 30/12/2009

๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ต๐˜‚๐—ฎ
B 29 MCpl 2nd Bn PPCLI 09/08/2008

๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฒ๐—น
G 36 Cpl 15 (Edm) Fd Amb 06/05/2008

๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด (๐—ง๐—) ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜€
29 Cpl RCR 18/08/2009

๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป
J 25 SP 1 CER 20/08/2008

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#FallenHeroes #CanadaRemember #CanadianArmedForces
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May is recognized in Canada as Asian Heritage Month.

Throughout our 154 year history, Asian immigrants have participated in numerous military conflicts across the world on behalf of Canada. More than 800 Chinese Canadians enlisted in the First and Second World Wars alone. Many Asian Canadians from Japan, China and India believed that fighting for freedom and national security would show their commitment to Canada with the hopes of reversing long experienced racism by the Canadian government. Many Asian Canadians were granted the right to vote following the Second World War, after showing their devotion to Canada by fighting overseas.

Approximately 200 Japanese Canadians overcame prejudice and enlisted, fighting for Canada in the fields of Europe during the First World War. These soldiers fought in major offensives including the Somme, Passchendaele, Hill 70, and Vimy Ridge. 25 percent of Japanese Canadians died in this war, and an additional 92 were wounded. 13 were awarded Military Medals for bravery.

18 of these casualties are commemorated annually in the Field of Crosses.

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#CanadaRemembers #AsianHeritageMonth #CanadianArmedForces
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May 4th is International Firefighters Day.

It is a time where the worldโ€™s community can recognize and honour the sacrifices that firefighters make to ensure their communities and environment are as safe as possible. It is also a day in which current and past firefighters can be thanked for their contributions.

The Field of Crosses would like to recognize and thank the Calgary Fire Department (CFD) members and past members for their service. In addition we would like to acknowledge and thank the CFD for their involvement and participation at the Field of Crosses in many capacities each year.

Each November we commemorate the following four CFD war dead with a distinguishing marker on their cross.

๐๐ญ๐ž ๐–๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐†. ๐๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž๐ญ๐ญ โ€“ Age 27

๐๐ญ๐ž ๐€๐ซ๐ญ๐ก๐ฎ๐ซ ๐…. ๐๐จ๐ฐ๐๐ž๐ง โ€“ Age 30

๐‹/๐‚๐ฉ๐ฅ ๐„๐ซ๐ข๐œ ๐…. ๐๐ฎ๐ซ๐ญ๐จ๐ง โ€“ Age 22

๐‚๐ฉ๐ฅ ๐‰๐จ๐ก๐ง ๐†๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ซ โ€“ Age 24

This past November Fire Chief Steve Dongworth personally lit and placed a candle at each of their crosses in a special ceremony held prior to the Night of Lights Sunset Ceremony at the Field of Crosses.

https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/

#CanadaRemembers #FirefightersDay #CanadianArmedForces
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The Field of Crosses is pleased to announce (Capt. Retโ€™d) Sarah Wuntke has joined the Board of Directors. Sarah brings a wealth of Military experience and public service to her new role with the Board. She joins George Brookman, Murray McCann, Susan Schalin, Eppo Van Weelderen and Jordan Witzel in working on this unique and special Southern Alberta project.

Sarah Wuntke is the Executive Director of Social Venture Partners Calgary, a charitable organization that brings together non-profit organizations and high-skill volunteers to work together on capacity-building projects. After completing her undergraduate degree in Honours History at the Royal Military College of Canada, Sarah served in Canadaโ€™s Army as a Health Care Administration Officer for almost 10 years. Sarah recently finished her term as the Board Chair of the Calgary Military Family Resource Centre. She is a community builder, skilled communicator, and constant learner.

๐™’๐™š๐™ก๐™˜๐™ค๐™ข๐™š ๐™Ž๐™–๐™ง๐™–๐™!
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