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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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5 days ago

Field of Crosses

Squad (Cohort) Goals! 💯

Thank you to Brayden and the MRU Foundation Development team who took on Edworthy Park in honor of our cause!

The team was able to get outside on a beautiful day last week to do their 3km and reflect on the everyday freedoms they get to enjoy.

We are so #Grateful for your participation!

#ExerciseFreedomTogether #eft2020 #fieldofcrosses #yyc #yycnow #yycfitness #RemembranceDay #canada #gratitude #begrateful #calgary #fieldofcrosses #fieldofcrossescalgary #calgarybuzz #together #exercise #CanadaRemembers #wwi #WWII #remember #squadgoals #freedom #gratitude
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Squad (Cohort) Goals! 💯

Thank you to Brayden and the MRU Foundation Development team who took on Edworthy Park in honor of our cause!

The team was able to get outside on a beautiful day last week to do their 3km and reflect on the everyday freedoms they get to enjoy.

We are so #grateful for your participation! 

#exercisefreedomtogether #eft2020 #fieldofcrosses #yyc #yycnow #yycfitness #remembranceday #canada #gratitude #begrateful #calgary #fieldofcrosses #fieldofcrossescalgary #calgarybuzz #together #exercise #canadaremembers #wwi #wwii #remember #squadgoals #freedom #gratitude

1 week ago

Field of Crosses

Marion has taken the ‘exercise’ in #ExerciseFreedomTogether to a whole new level. Wanting to do something extra special for the cause, she tallied up her year of biking and donated $1 for every kilometer she travelled.

Biking is a fun way for Marion to stay active and destress, and she tries to get out for a ride about 3x a week. Marion has continued tallying her distance in order to make another contribution at the end of the campaign.

As bookkeeper and volunteer for the organization, Marion has a special place in her heart for the Field of Crosses. Her hard work behind the scenes is a reminder that creating the memorial – and honouring the past – is a yearlong commitment. She hopes that the Field of Crosses will serve as visual reminder of our history far into the future, ensuring that Canadians #neverforget the lives we’ve lost to violence.

#CanadaRemembers #Canada #CanadianArmedForces #Remember #CanadianArmy #Remembrance #Veterans #FieldofCrosses #WW2
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Marion has taken the ‘exercise’ in #ExerciseFreedomTogether to a whole new level. Wanting to do something extra special for the cause, she tallied up her year of biking and donated $1 for every kilometer she travelled. 

Biking is a fun way for Marion to stay active and destress, and she tries to get out for a ride about 3x a week. Marion has continued tallying her distance in order to make another contribution at the end of the campaign.

As bookkeeper and volunteer for the organization, Marion has a special place in her heart for the Field of Crosses. Her hard work behind the scenes is a reminder that creating the memorial – and honouring the past – is a yearlong commitment. She hopes that the Field of Crosses will serve as visual reminder of our history far into the future, ensuring that Canadians #neverforget the lives we’ve lost to violence.

 #CanadaRemembers #Canada #CanadianArmedForces #Remember #CanadianArmy #Remembrance #Veterans #FieldofCrosses #WW2

2 weeks ago

Field of Crosses

When Alnar Ramji drove by the Field of Crosses memorial for the first time, the sight made a visceral impact. She describes the 3500 crosses arranged along Memorial Drive every November as a stark symbol of loss.

Ramji’s husband shared her response, deciding “We need to get involved.”

This is the Ramji family’s fourth year volunteering for the Field of Crosses. It’s a big task to maintain, organize, and install the crosses each year, and it requires the work of hundreds of volunteers. Not only do Alnar and her family come out to clean and ready the crosses for install, they have also taken on the huge job of ensuring every silk poppy placed on each of the 3,500 crosses is immaculate.

The Ramjis’ two sons also volunteer, making the memorial a family effort. Alnar is glad that her sons have had this opportunity to reflect on the meaning of Remembrance Day.

Alnar is especially aware of how important it is to acknowledge those who have sacrificed their lives for Canada's peace. She believes that reminders like the Field of Crosses Memorial can prevent us from continuing to make violent mistakes and inspire us to create a future that’s safe for everyone.

The #ExerciseFreedomTogether fundraiser is live right now, raising the funds to continue this important work. For more information on how to get involved, visit www.fieldofcrosses.com/donate-eft/

#CanadaRemembers #Canada #CanadianArmedForces #Remember #CanadianArmy #Remembrance #Veterans #FieldofCrosses #WW2
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When Alnar Ramji drove by the Field of Crosses memorial for the first time, the sight made a visceral impact. She describes the 3500 crosses arranged along Memorial Drive every November as a stark symbol of loss. 

Ramji’s husband shared her response, deciding “We need to get involved.”

This is the Ramji family’s fourth year volunteering for the Field of Crosses. It’s a big task to maintain, organize, and install the crosses each year, and it requires the work of hundreds of volunteers. Not only do Alnar and her family come out to clean and ready the crosses for install, they have also taken on the huge job of ensuring every silk poppy placed on each of the 3,500 crosses is immaculate.

The Ramjis’ two sons also volunteer, making the memorial a family effort. Alnar is glad that her sons have had this opportunity to reflect on the meaning of Remembrance Day. 

Alnar is especially aware of how important it is to acknowledge those who have sacrificed their lives for Canadas peace. She believes that reminders like the Field of Crosses Memorial can prevent us from continuing to make violent mistakes and inspire us to create a future that’s safe for everyone. 

The #ExerciseFreedomTogether fundraiser is live right now, raising the funds to continue this important work. For more information on how to get involved, visit https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/donate-eft/ 

 #CanadaRemembers #Canada #CanadianArmedForces #Remember #CanadianArmy #Remembrance #Veterans #FieldofCrosses #WW2

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4 weeks ago

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The #ExerciseFreedomTogether campaign is in its third week, and we could not be more excited!

As summer draws to a close, we encourage you to get out for a scenic run/bike/walk along the Bow!

Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. This fundraiser supports our annual display on Memorial Drive of over 3500 crosses.

When you run, you are contributing to a local tradition.

Visit www.fieldofcrosses.com/donate-eft/ to get started.

#CanadaRemembers #canada #canadianarmedforces #remember #canadianarmy #remembrance #veterans #fieldofcrosses #ww2
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The #ExerciseFreedomTogether campaign is in its third week, and we could not be more excited!

As summer draws to a close, we encourage you to get out for a scenic run/bike/walk along the Bow! 

Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. This fundraiser supports our annual display on Memorial Drive of over 3500 crosses. 

When you run, you are contributing to a local tradition.

Visit https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/donate-eft/ to get started.

 #CanadaRemembers #Canada #CanadianArmedForces #Remember #CanadianArmy #Remembrance #Veterans #FieldofCrosses #WW2

1 month ago

Field of Crosses

In September of each year, we begin the meticulous work of 'cross-prep.'

During this time, over 100 volunteers are responsible for preparing our crosses for display on Memorial Drive. This involves cleaning and organizing the crosses, and checking names.

This year, however, we did things a little differently.

In order to ensure that our volunteers could remain socially distanced, we began the process extra early. Happily, we've completed this step as of August 8th, 2020! 🎉

A heartfelt thank you to our lovely volunteers, and a big shout out to Hardy & Lona Nielsen of The Norcal Group [second photo] for the donation of a wonderful and spacious warehouse, which allowed the Field of Crosses team to get a head start on cross prep. We appreciate your generosity – THANK YOU!
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In September of each year, we begin the meticulous work of cross-prep.

During this time, over 100 volunteers are responsible for preparing our crosses for display on Memorial Drive. This involves cleaning and organizing the crosses, and checking names.

This year, however, we did things a little differently.

In order to ensure that our volunteers could remain socially distanced, we began the process extra early. Happily, weve completed this step as of August 8th, 2020! 🎉

A heartfelt thank you to our lovely volunteers, and a big shout out to Hardy & Lona Nielsen of The Norcal Group [second photo] for the donation of a wonderful and spacious warehouse, which allowed the Field of Crosses team to get a head start on cross prep. We appreciate your generosity – THANK YOU!Image attachment
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Squad (Cohort) Goals! 💯

Thank you to Brayden and the MRU Foundation Development team who took on Edworthy Park in honor of our cause!

The team was able to get outside on a beautiful day last week to do their 3km and reflect on the everyday freedoms they get to enjoy.

We are so #grateful for your participation!

#exercisefreedomtogether #eft2020 #fieldofcrosses #yyc #yycnow #yycfitness #remembranceday #canada #gratitude #begrateful #calgary #fieldofcrosses #fieldofcrossescalgary #calgarybuzz #together #exercise #canadaremembers #wwi #wwii #remember #squadgoals #freedom #gratitude
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When Alnar Ramji drove by the Field of Crosses memorial for the first time, the sight made a visceral impact. She describes the 3500 crosses arranged along Memorial Drive every November as a stark symbol of loss.

Ramji’s husband shared her response, deciding “We need to get involved.”

This is the Ramji family’s fourth year volunteering for the Field of Crosses. It’s a big task to maintain, organize, and install the crosses each year, and it requires the work of hundreds of volunteers. Not only do Alnar and her family come out to clean and ready the crosses for install, they have also taken on the huge job of ensuring every silk poppy placed on each of the 3,500 crosses is immaculate.

The Ramjis’ two sons also volunteer, making the memorial a family effort. Alnar is glad that her sons have had this opportunity to reflect on the meaning of Remembrance Day.

Alnar is especially aware of how important it is to acknowledge those who have sacrificed their lives for Canada's peace. She believes that reminders like the Field of Crosses Memorial can prevent us from continuing to make violent mistakes and inspire us to create a future that’s safe for everyone.

The #ExerciseFreedomTogether fundraiser is live right now, raising the funds to continue this important work. For more information on how to get involved, visit https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/donate-eft/

#CanadaRemembers #Canada #CanadianArmedForces #Remember #CanadianArmy #Remembrance #Veterans #FieldofCrosses #WW2
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The #ExerciseFreedomTogether campaign is in its third week, and we could not be more excited!

As summer draws to a close, we encourage you to get out for a scenic run/bike/walk along the Bow!

Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. This fundraiser supports our annual display on Memorial Drive of over 3500 crosses.

When you run, you are contributing to a local tradition.

Visit https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/donate-eft/ to get started.

#CanadaRemembers #Canada #CanadianArmedForces #Remember #CanadianArmy #Remembrance #Veterans #FieldofCrosses #WW2
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In September of each year, we begin the meticulous work of 'cross-prep.'

During this time, over 100 volunteers are responsible for preparing our crosses for display on Memorial Drive. This involves cleaning and organizing the crosses, and checking names.

This year, however, we did things a little differently.

In order to ensure that our volunteers could remain socially distanced, we began the process extra early. Happily, we've completed this step as of August 8th, 2020! 🎉

A heartfelt thank you to our lovely volunteers, and a big shout out to Hardy & Lona Nielsen of The Norcal Group for the donation of a wonderful and spacious warehouse, which allowed the Field of Crosses team to get a head start on cross prep. We appreciate your generosity – THANK YOU!
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It's here! Have you participated in the #exercisefreedomtogether campaign yet?

Visit https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/donate-eft/ to donate for yourself and your crew. Then, participate in the exercise challenge by walking, running, or biking 3km. 🚴‍♀️

Don't forget to post your participation on social media with the hashtag #exercisefreedomtogether and tag five friends to join in!

The campaign runs from August 8 to November 11, in honour of Canada's 100 Days. Keep up with the challenge on Facebook and Instagram at @Exercise Freedom Together

#CanadaRemembers #Canada #CanadianArmedForces #Remember #CanadianArmy #Remembrance #Veterans #FieldofCrosses #WW2
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Only a few more days until #ExerciseFreedomTogether kicks off!

Starting August 8th walk, run, or bicycle 3km, and post a photo with your hand over your heart to show off your participation. Challenge friends and family to do the same!

This is a virtual fundraiser in support of Field of Crosses. When you Exercise Freedom Together, you are moving in memory of those who left for war and never returned home.

Follow @ExerciseFreedomTogether and tune into Global’s Breakfast Television on August 10th to learn more about why we’re exercising.

Donations open August 8th and will remain open for Canada’s 100 Days at:

🖱️ https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/
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Today we would like to welcome Major (Retired) Kent Griffiths who has joined the team in the role of Communications and Media relations. Should you wish to contact Kent he can be emailed at k.griffiths@fieldofcrosses.com

Born in Winnipeg, Kent Griffiths enrolled in Army Cadets in 1973, and then the Canadian Forces Army Reserves in 1976. 1978, he deployed to UN peace keeping operations in Egypt. He moved to Calgary in 1980 and joined The Calgary Highlanders where he eventually was promoted to Chief Warrant officer and appointed as the Regimental Sergeant Major.

In 2004, he became sergeant major of 41 Canadian Brigade Group, finishing in 2007 after visiting Kandahar, Afghanistan, and immediately assumed the position of Army Reserve Sergeant Major. Subsequently he was appointed as the Chief Reserves and Cadets Chief Warrant Officer in May of 2009. This position is the senior Reserve non-commissioned member in the Canadian Forces. He then was appointed as RSM of the Algonquin Regiment in North Bay Ontario for three years and returned to Calgary in 2017 to take on the duties of the Regimental Major of the Calgary Highlanders. He retires as a Major with over 43 years of service. Concurrently, he was employed with Canada Customs (CBSA) from 1983 to 2015 where he worked as a Border Services Officer, Drug Dog Handler, and Manager. From 2001 - 2010, he was a founding director for both the Friends of Juno Beach Society and the Society for Canadian Studies and Youth Enrichment. He played a key role in establishment of Juno Beach Academy of Canadian Studies; a Calgary Board of Education public school with a special charter to focus on citizenship, fitness and the development of values such as honour and self-discipline.
He is a recipient of The Head of the Public Service Award and the Ombudsman's Award for Ethics and was invested into the Order of Military Merit as a member in May 2000.
He is currently an executive officer of the both the Regimental Association and Senate of The Algonquin Regiment as well as a volunteer Curator of the Calgary Highlanders Regimental Museum and Archives.
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Each year from November 1st until the 11th the Field of Crosses recognizes individually the 3,500 Southern Albertans who paid the ultimate sacrifice and also recognizes that, from all across this great country called Canada, 120,000 heroes gave up their lives for our freedom. Murray McCann, who founded the Field of Crosses and for ten years supported and funded it as his private memorial, has entrusted this proud legacy to the citizens of Southern Alberta to ensure future generations will NEVER FORGET. The Field of Crosses is now a registered charity overseen by a Board of Directors comprised of George Brookman, Murray McCann, Susan Schalin, Colonel (Retired) Eppo van Weelderen and Jordan Witzel. Today we would like to introduce Jordan and thank him for his ongoing contribution to the team:

Jordan is motivated by a passion to advocate for veterans and their families, inclusive of recognizing those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service. Jordan also recognizes the increased need for mental health support for many of our service members and believes community education is essential to improving those support networks for years to come. Jordan and his wife Lindsey are proud to raise their young boys in the culture of Calgary that also holds these values close to heart. Jordan is excited to join the Field of Crosses Board of Directors with the hopes of developing deeper connections between the foundation and the community year round.

#CanadaRemembers #Canada #CanadianArmedForces #Remember #CanadianArmy #Remembrance #Veterans #FieldofCrosses #WW2 #YYC #Calgary
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Each year from November 1st until the 11th the Field of Crosses recognizes individually the 3,500 Southern Albertans who paid the ultimate sacrifice and also recognizes that, from all across this great country called Canada, 120,000 heroes gave up their lives for our freedom. Murray McCann, who founded the Field of Crosses and for ten years supported and funded it as his private memorial, has entrusted this proud legacy to the citizens of Southern Alberta to ensure future generations will NEVER FORGET. The Field of Crosses is now a registered charity overseen by a Board of Directors comprised of George Brookman, Murray McCann, Susan Schalin, Colonel (Retired) Eppo van Weelderen and Jordan Witzel. Today we would like to introduce George and thank him for his ongoing contribution to the team:

George Brookman is a native Calgarian who is well known in volunteer and business circles. Mr. Brookman is the principal shareholder of West Canadian Digital Imaging which he acquired in 1984 following a successful real estate development career with Manulife and ATCO LTD. He is the Past President of the Rotary Club of Calgary and is Past President of the Calgary Stampede where he volunteered for over forty years. He has served on a number of private, public and not for profit boards and organizations. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Thank you George!! ❤️
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Each year from November 1st until the 11th the Field of Crosses recognizes individually the 3,500 Southern Albertans who paid the ultimate sacrifice and also recognizes that, from all across this great country called Canada, 120,000 heroes gave up their lives for our freedom. Murray McCann, who founded the Field of Crosses and for ten years supported and funded it as his private memorial, has entrusted this proud legacy to the citizens of Southern Alberta to ensure future generations will NEVER FORGET. The Field of Crosses is now a registered charity overseen by a Board of Directors comprised of George Brookman, Murray McCann, Susan Schalin, Colonel (Retired) Eppo van Weelderen and Jordan Witzel.

Today we would like to introduce Eppo and thank him for his ongoing contribution to the team.

Colonel (Retired) Eppo van Weelderen C.D., P.Eng. is a Director with The Field of Crosses Memorial Project and Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee. He retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in 2019 after serving Canada for 33+ years as an Army Reservist. His most recent appointment was Commander of Alberta’s 41 Canadian Brigade Group. Made up of 10 Army Reserve units and a Brigade Headquarters, the Brigade has an establishment of 2,400 soldiers spread between Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer and Yellowknife.

Eppo is the President of both Falling Apple Solutions (a boutique engineering and project management consultancy) and Welund North America (an English-language media service that offers authoritative insight and opinion on activism affecting global energy, finance, critical infrastructure, etc. and the connections between them).
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Happy 153rd birthday, Canada! 🍁❤️

Let us all take a moment today to remember those who have served and sacrificed for our country and our freedom.

How will you be celebrating today?

#Canada #Remember #CanadianArmy #Remembrance #Veterans #FieldofCrosses #CanadaDay2020
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June is National Indigenous History Month - a time for all Canadians - Indigenous, non-Indigenous and newcomers - to reflect upon and learn the history, sacrifices, cultures, contributions, and strength of First Nations, Inuit and Metis people. 🍁❤️ Indigenous soldiers, nurses, and ordinary civilians made a major contribution to Canada’s First World War effort. More than 4000 First Nations soldiers fought for Canada during the war, officially recorded by the Department of Indian Affairs. In addition, thousands more non-Status Indians, Inuit, and Métis soldiers enlisted without official recognition of their Indigenous identity. 📷: Blood Tribe recruits, 191st Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Fort Macleod, Alberta.
Photo & Caption courtesy of Glenbow Archives. #CanadaRemembers #Canada #CanadianArmedForces #Remember #CanadianArmy #Remembrance #Veterans #FieldofCrosses #WW1 #NationalIndigenousHistoryMonth #Indigenous
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June is National Indigenous History Month. 🍁

In celebrating, we would like to take this opportunity to share some of the stories of Alberta's Indigenous soldiers who fought for our freedom.

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. Even though he was one of the Canadian soldiers caught up in the German’s chlorine gas attack at the Second Battle of Ypres in April 1915, he survived the heavy fighting.

Albert's name can be found in our Field of Crosses. ❤️ https://valourcanada.ca/military-history-library/albert-mountain-horse/
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Liberation Tulips in bloom! 🌷❤️ The goal of this commemorative planting campaign is to cover the country in 1.1 Million #Liberation75 Tulips in honour of the 1.1 million Canadians who served during the Second World War. $1 of every bag sold goes to the Royal Canadian Legion + additional proceeds will support commemoration activities through the Canadian Tulip Festival.

One of our Field of Crosses followers shared this photo of her beautiful Liberation Tulips in bloom. If you have planted some, we would love to see them!
https://liberation75.ca/ #CanadaRemembers #Canada #CanadianArmedForces #Remember #CanadianArmy #Remembrance #Veterans #FieldofCrosses #WW2
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On May 21st, 1918, Nursing Sister Gladys Wake, 34, from Esquimalt, BC, sustained wounds during a German air raid. Wake’s funeral is pictured here at the foreground of an endless field of crosses in France. 📷: Funeral of Nursing Sister G.M.M. Wake, who died of wounds received in a German air raid. William Rider-Rider / Library and Archives Canada / PA-002564 (modified from the original) #CanadaRemembers #Canada #CanadianArmedForces #Remember #CanadianArmy #Remembrance #Veterans #FieldofCrosses #WW2 ...

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Meet Charles Goodman, a 94-year-old Second World War Veteran who helped liberate the Netherlands 75 years ago. He still remembers the resiliency of the Dutch people after enduring such hard times under German occupation.
Read & listen to his story and find more interesting tales from other fellow Canadians – some of whom have also volunteered to bravely defend our freedom. #FacesofFreedom podcast here:
https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/commemorative-events/netherlands-ve-day/podcast
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Today is #GivingTuesdayNow a global day of giving and unity created as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

The Field of Crosses team would like to thank all of the front line and essential workers. These Heroes have gone above and beyond the call of duty. We also thank those Heroes who have joined in on the #GivingTuesdayNow movement, demonstrating the power of generosity. As a nonprofit partner of Giving Tuesday, we know first hand that your help can make a world of difference.

If you have the means please join us and consider a donation to a charity or nonprofit organization of your choosing in a time of immense need ❤️ Visit this website for more information on how you can help!
https://givingtuesday.ca/gtnow

#nonprofit #charity #givingtuesday #love #fieldofcrosses #canada #yyc #calgary #payitforward
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Canadian soldiers played a leading role in the Liberation of the Netherlands during the Second World War and the Man with Two Hats (De man met de twee hoeden) monument is symbolic of the close connection that has developed between our two countries.
Sculpted by Dutch artist Henk Visch, the bronze memorial is 4.6 metres tall and has a symbolic meaning that touches on the dualities of war and peace. The monument has been erected in the Dutch city of Apeldoorn (pictured here) and in Ottawa.

OP Credit : Canada Remembers

#CanadaRemembers #Netherlands75 #Canada #CanadianArmedForces #Remember #CanadianArmy #Remembrance #Veterans #FieldofCrosses
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Displaying art in your window to brighten up your neighbourhood?
Let’s honour the Canadians who helped liberate the Dutch people during the Second World War almost 75 years ago. Display handmade tulips in your window, share on social media and see what your neighbours are creating as you practice safe social distancing and stay in your bubble. #Netherlands75

The tulip is the flower of friendship between Canada and the Netherlands. Every year since the end of the Second World War, the Netherlands has sent thousands of tulip bulbs to Canada as a thank you.
OP Credit : Canada Remembers

#CanadaRemembers #Canada #CanadianArmedForces #Remember #CanadianArmy #Remembrance #Veterans #FieldofCrosses #WW2 #TulipsatHome #WindowArt #StayHome
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