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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Field of Crosses is grateful for the support of Rotary Club of Calgary at Stampede Park.

Thank you to Ernie Yaskowich and his fellow Rotarians for championing Field of Crosses through their small grants program. It is with the support of groups such as the Rotary Clubs of Calgary through donations and volunteerism that Field of Crosses is able to continue to foster patriotism and to assure that present and future generations never forget those who have served in this nation’s military services and made the ultimate sacrifice.

Pictured L to R – Ernie Yaskowich (Rotary Club) Susan Schalin and Murray McCann, FOC


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🍁 From all of us at The Fiend of Crosses, we hope you and your families are having a safe and relaxing Victoria Day! ... See MoreSee Less

🍁 From all of us at The Fiend of Crosses, we hope you and your families are having a safe and relaxing Victoria Day!
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What an incredible night showing our appreciation for Calgary Police Service members. These candles - one for every serving sworn and civilian member of CPS - will continue to burn until tomorrow morning.

"Don't feel bad if people only think of you when they need you. In a way, you are like a candle, where people look for the light only when there is darkness." - Murray McCann, Beacons of Hope Co-founder

#yyc #calgary #calgarypoliceWhat an incredible night showing our appreciation for Calgary Police Service members. These candles - one for every serving sworn and civilian member of CPS - will continue to burn until tomorrow morning.

"Don't feel bad if people only think of you when they need you. In a way, you are like a candle, where people look for the light only when there is darkness." - Murray McCann, Beacons of Hope Co-founder

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What an incredible night showing our appreciation for Calgary Police Service  members. These candles - one for every serving sworn and civilian member of CPS - will continue to burn until tomorrow morning. 

Dont feel bad if people only think of you when they need you. In a way, you are like a candle, where people look for the light only when there is darkness. - Murray McCann, Beacons of Hope Co-founder

#yyc #calgary #calgarypolice
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April 18 is commemorated annually as International Day of Monuments and Sites. Throughout Canada’s military history, countless men and women gave their lives in service of Canada, and they are commemorated globally on numerous war monuments. The most recognized memorial to Canadians is the Vimy Ridge Memorial because of its large Croatian limestone towers rising 27 meters above the French countryside. The monument is situated on 100 acres of land gifted to the Canadian government, and stands at the peak of the ridge where 100,000 Canadian soldiers fought to regain lost ground, and is seen by many historians as the founding of Canada's national identity.

The Vimy Ridge memorial was designed by Canadian architect Walter Seymour Allward, whose design was chosen out of a selection of 160 proposals for the site. Work initially began in 1925 and took 11 years to complete, and was unveiled on July 26, 1936 by King Edward the VIII. Carved into the stone are the names of the 11,285 Canadian soldiers who lost their lives in France and have no known resting place.

While not as vast as the Vimy Ridge memorial in size, Peacekeepers Park located in Calgary, Alberta acts as a site of remembrance for numerous Canadian peacekeeping missions. The 1.85-acre park is located in Garrison Green, a space that was formerly part of the Canadian Forces Base Calgary, and also acted as a British Commonwealth Air Training Plan Airfield during The Second World War. The park contains a peacekeeper statue and a wall of honour, which commemorates those Canadians who lost their lives during Canada’s peacekeeping operations. With input from the Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping, Calgary Chapter, the memorial park was completed in 2004. Along with the park, thirteen streets located near the park were renamed to commemorate service members of varying ranks and service time frames to encompass the shared experience.

The Vimy Ridge memorial and Peacekeepers Park are just two examples of a wide array of memorials and sites designed to commemorate Canada’s military veterans and lost military personnel.

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From all of us at The Field of Crosses, we hope that you and your families enjoyed a happy and joy-filled Easter weekend. ...

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Did you know that yesterday, April 10th, was Siblings Day?

At this time, there are a total of 126 siblings commemorated here in The Field of Crosses each November, including brothers Private George D. Greentree and Signalman Reginald Greentree.

Age 20 – Pte. 10th Bn
Date of Death: 26/09/1916

Age 32 – SIG RCCS
Date of Death: 16/12/1944

George Doveton and Reginald were sons of Thomas Patrick and Carla Louise Greentree of Drumheller, Alberta. George was born September 25, 1895, the eldest of Thomas’s and Louise’s ten children. On September 22, 1914, he enlisted in the Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment), 10th Battalion, service number 20316. George was killed in action during an attack on the Zollern Trench near Courcelette, France on September 26, 1916, age 20, during the Battle of the Somme.

Private George D. Greentree is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial at Pas de Calais, France. George is also commemorated on the cenotaph in Strathmore and Drumheller, Alberta.

Reginald was born January 7, 1912, in Drumheller, Alberta. He was the husband of Winnifred May Greentree and father to Lloydette Greentree. Enlisting in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals (RCCS), service number B38880. Reginald was killed in action on December 16, 1944, age 32, in Germany. Reginald is buried at Bergen-OP-Zoom Canadian War Cemetery in the Netherlands.

#FieldofCrosses #CanadianArmedForces #CanadaRemembers #Veterans #Siblings #Brothers #WeRemember

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Today, April 9th, 2022 is the 105th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge.

Vimy Ridge Day is a time dedicated to the remembrance of Canadian soldiers who lost their lives in a successful attempt to take Vimy Ridge. The ridge was a strategic location in Northern France located near the town of Arras. Vimy Ridge was developed into a strong defensive position by the German defenses after it was taken in the early days of the First World War. British and French attempts to regain the ridge were unsuccessful and the task fell to the Canadians, who for the first time, planned to use all four of their divisions, which was approximately 100,000 soldiers.

The Canadian preparation for the advance on Vimy Ridge was at a level not seen before. A model of the battlefield was created to provide a proper training environment for Canadian troops, however, the largest problem faced by the Canadians was getting equipment and supplies to the front. Roadways had to be built and maintained, trucks had to be found and drivers trained, and horses had to be fed and prepared to move equipment forward. The Canadian engineers were able to build 20 kilometers of tramways and tunnels underneath the battlefield in order to move into their positions. Along with the physical preparations, infantrymen were provided with air photos and maps, which carefully marked enemy machine gun positions and dugouts.

The preparation by the Canadian forces along with superior numbers proved to be the perfect combination. On April 9th 1917 at 5:30am, the initial attack of 15,000 Canadian troops advanced on the German lines under the defence of a creeping barrage, an artillery cover adopted in the later years of the war. By April 12th 1917, the Canadians captured the Pimple, a strategic high point on the north end of the ridge, and one of the most well defended German positions. Despite Canada’s successful capture of Vimy Ridge, 3,598 Canadians were killed and an additional 7,000 wounded on April 9, 1917 alone, making it the Deadliest day in Canadian military history. In honour of Canada’s sacrifices, 100 hectares of land was gifted to the Canadian government that now houses the Vimy Ridge memorial.

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As we enter the final week of Women's History Month, it is important for us to continue reflecting on the contributions of women throughout history in our county and all around the world.

Servicewomen of the Navy, Army and Air Force have endured much hardship while serving Canada over the past century. It was their determination, dedication, and professionalism that opened the door for so many women to join.

Today, we are proud to share the story of Private Barbara Sarah Rennie.

𝐑𝐄𝐍𝐍𝐈𝐄, 𝐁𝐚𝐫𝐛𝐚𝐫𝐚 𝐒.
Age 18 – Pte. CWAC
Date of Death: 8/6/1943

Barbara Sarah Rennie was born November 1, 1924, in Stavely, Alberta. Daughter of James and Sarah Rennie of Bassano, Alberta, originally from Scotland. Barbara had two sisters and two brothers, her brother James was a Corporal in the Calgary Highlanders and served overseas.

She taught herself to type and her favourite hobby was music playing the piano by note. Barbara was a ledger keeper in a branch of the Royal Bank of Canada for six months prior to enlistment and wanted to return to this job after the war. She enlisted January 7, 1943, in Calgary, Alberta with the Canadian Women’s Army Corps. (CWAC), service number W/13822.

Six months after enlisting, she and two colleagues planned to attend an Army Show Broadcast, however Barbara fell ill and was admitted to hospital where she died. two days later, at the age of 18 on June 8, 1943 of Meningococcal septicemia in the Colonel Belcher Hospital in Calgary. Pte. Rennie was the first member of the CWAC to die in Alberta since the beginning of the war. Pte. Rennie is buried in the Bassano Union Cemetery in Bassano, Alberta.

She is commemorated each November in the Field of Crosses.


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🍀 An Irish Blessing from the Field of Crosses Irish Chairman, Murray McCann.

May your troubles be less,
And your blessings be more,
And nothing but happiness,
Come through your door.

💚 Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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Each February, we celebrate and honour the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians who, throughout history, have done so much for our nation.

The tradition of military service by Black Canadians goes back long before Confederation. In fact, many Black Canadians can trace their family roots to Loyalists who emigrated North in the 1780s after the American Revolutionary War. Black sailors, soldiers, aviators and civilian employees continue to contribute every day to the capacity of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in invaluable ways.

We invite you to visit the following link and explore important stories that highlight some of the great challenges, sacrifices and achievements of Black Canadians over the years from pre-WW1 to modern-day.


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𝐁𝐄𝐒𝐄𝐍, 𝐒𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐨𝐧
Age 26 – Lt CGG & 22nd CAR
Date of Death: 23/10/1944

Simeon Ira Besen was born in Woodstock, Ontario on September 15, 1918. Son of Elizabeth and Oscar Besen and husband of Irene M. Besen of Merstham, Surrey, England. Simeon’s brothers Berke and Irwin Besen also served in the military. While growing up Simeon was a member of the Calgary Lodge of B’nai B’rith and A.Z.A. Simeon attended public school and high school in Calgary and later Calgary Technical School.

Simeon enlisted in Calgary with the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals RCCS on September 14, 1939 and after training at Kingston, Ontario, proceeded to England with the 1 st Division. He served in France with his unit and was evacuated to England from Brest, France after the successful German offensive in 1941. In 1942 Besen was selected for officer training at Sandhurst Military College, London, England where he graduated in 1943. Besen re-mustered with the 22 nd Canadian Armoured Regiment.

Lieutenant Besen landed in France on D-Day and saw action with his tank unit through to Belgium. Besen was killed in action on October 23, 1944 and is buried in the Canadian Military Cemetery at Bergen-op-Zoom in the Netherlands and also commemorated on the Cenotaph in the Jewish Cemetery in Calgary, Alberta.

Lieutenant Simeon Besen is remembered each November at the Field of Crosses.


#CanadaRemembers #FieldofCrosses #CalgaryCharity #CalgaryVolunteers #Veterans #YYCLiving #YYCEvents #CanadianArmedForces

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"𝘍𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘸𝘦 𝘮𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘣𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴.’ 𝘍𝘰𝘳 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘥, 𝘸𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘴𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘥𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘮𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴."

The United Nations General Assembly designated January 27th, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

In 2022, the theme guiding the United Nations Holocaust remembrance and education is “Memory, Dignity and Justice”.

This theme encompasses safeguarding the historical record, remembering the victims, and challenging the distortion of history.

From 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST you can visit the link below to watch the United Nations Holocaust Memorial Ceremony live.


#WeRemember #NeverAgain #TheFieldofCrosses #HolocaustRemembranceDay #Veterans #WW2 #CanadaRemembers

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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, anyone organizing public events has faced new challenges and obstacles. In Alberta, public health restrictions have been created to help reduce the impacts of COVID-19 on the health care system.

Since 2009 we have erected over 3500 crosses along Memorial Drive each November to pay tribute individually to the thousands of Southern Albertans who made the ultimate sacrifice defending our freedom. In addition, a separate part of the park has been set aside with 120 unique crosses, for a special memorial to the 120,000 heroes from all across Canada who lost their lives fighting for this great country.

This experience is meant to be shared by everyone, even during a time of public restrictions and caution. Each and every person should have an opportunity to walk amongst the crosses. As such, we would love to invite you to visit the link below to experience a virtual tour of The Field of Crosses, made possible by our friends at Valour Canada!

Thank you for your continued support, we will see you again November 2022!


#FieldofCrosses #ValourCanada #Veterans #CanadaRemembers #CanadianArmedForces

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𝐉𝐎𝐍𝐄𝐒, 𝐑𝐨𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐭 𝐇.
Age 21 – F/O (P) RCAF
Date of Death: 31/12/1944

Robert Henry Jones was born July 26, 1923 in Calgary, Alberta, son of Albert Henry and Emily E. Jones. Robert was well known in Calgary junior sports circles, a member of Jimmies’ basketball team which won the junior championship of Alberta, and also a member of the Crescent Heights High School junior rugby team.

In August 1941 Robert enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force, service number J85509. Following training at Edmonton, Boundary Bay and Borden as a Typhoon fighter-bomber, Flying Officer Pilot Jones went overseas in August 1942 assigned to the 197 Squadron Royal Air Force (RAF). During the summer of 1944 F/O Jones was reported missing on air operations over France however returned safely to England after several weeks.

Jones was flying his Typhoon aircraft #PD 471 in an attack on an enemy-occupied village north of Hesdin, France and was hit by flak. He was killed when his aircraft caught fire, blew up and crashed east of Hesdin. Jones was killed on December 31, 1944 at the age of 21.

Flying Office Pilot Jones is buried in the Elshout Roman Catholic Cemetery at Drunen, North Braany, Holland.

Robert is remembered each November in the Field of Crosses.


Any donations made to the Field of Crosses by midnight tonight will still be eligible to receive a 2021 tax receipt.

We truly appreciate your continued support. Every single donation makes a meaningful difference and helps to ensure our future generations will always remember and never forget the thousands of men and women from Southern Alberta and across Canada who gave their tomorrows for our today.

#CanadaRemembers #FieldofCrosses #CalgaryCharity #CalgaryVolunteers #Veterans #YYCLiving #YYCEvents #CanadianArmedForces

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Age 22 – WO2 (BA) RCAF
Date of Death: 24/12/44

Metro Alex Krewenchuk was born March 10, 1922, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eutemi Krewenchuk.

Metro enlisted July 31, 1942 with the Royal Canadian Air Force (service number R/178776) assigned to the 100 Squadron, Royal Air Force (RAF) as a Bomb Aimer. Metro earned the rank of Warrant Officer Class 2.

WO2 Krewenchuk died on December 24, 1944 at the age of 22 when his Lancaster bomber was shot down over Germany. He is buried in Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany and commemorated each November in the Field of Crosses.


#FieldofCrosses #CanadaRemembers #NeverForget #CanadianArmedForces #YYCEvents #LestWeForget

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When you choose to Adopt A Cross, we invite you to let us know if you wish to honour a specific Fallen member within the Field with your donation.

By visiting the link below, you can search our Roll Call of the Fallen by name, age, and even rank.

These donations will go towards ensuring the Field of Crosses carries on for years to come.

❤️ Thank you all so much for your continued support!


#FieldofCrosses #HappyHolidays #Thankful #ThankYou #CanadaRemembers #NeverForget #CanadianArmedForces #Veterans #YYCEvents

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🍁 For over a decade in Calgary, during the 11 days leading up to Remembrance Day, our landscape is punctuated by over 3,500 crosses. They pay tribute to those Southern Albertan soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom. This honour to their sacrifice stands silently, resiliently, as an acknowledgment of the deep and often painful cost of freedom. The Field of Crosses is a place of memory, it is a place of tribute, a place of learning, and a place where we all, as Albertans, can be proud of our history and gratefully reflect on those who gave their lives in such selfless acts of courage. It is because of you that the Field of Crosses will be preserved as part of our city’s commitment to honouring our fallen in perpetuity.

❤️ Donations are gratefully accepted online at www.fieldofcrosses.com/donate or by cheque payable to Field of Crosses, mailed to 84 Edgeland Rise NW, Calgary, AB T3A 4E1.

👉 All donations receive a tax receipt and will be used to ensure that this project continues again in 2022.

Registered Charity CRA#74426 0084 RR0001

#FieldofCrosses #HappyHolidays #Thankful #ThankYou #CanadaRemembers #NeverForget #CanadianArmedForces #Veterans #YYCEvents

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We would like to take an opportunity to Catherine Glaser-Climie and the @cantarechildrenschoir for sharing their endless talent at during the Eleven Days of Remembrance at the Field of Crosses!


#ThankYou #FieldofCrosses #YYCEvents #YYCKids #YYCMusic #WeRemember #NeverForget

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🙌 We would like to take a moment to thank everyone who continues to support our Adopt A Cross program.

❤️ Your donations help to ensure both present and future generations will never forget the thousands of brave men and women from Southern Alberta, and across Canada, who gave their tomorrows for our today.

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Through the Adopt A Cross campaign, the Field of Crosses seeks to create a sustainable funding model to allow this magnificent memorial to live on in our city for generations to come.

👇 To donate and learn more, please visit our website!


#FieldofCrosses #CanadianArmedForces #CanadaRemembers #NeverForget #Veterans

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The Field of Crosses site we be open to the public at 2PM today.

Thank you to everyone who joined us virtually via the @GlobalCalgary livestream this morning. We truly appreciate your patience and understanding this year as we continue to follow the necessary safety protocols in accordance with Alberta Health Services Guidelines for Outdoor Events.

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Use the Link in Bio to tune into this morning's Remembrance Day Ceremony live stream, courtesy of our Official Media Sponsor @GlobalCalgary.

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Today, on #RemembranceDay, we pause to honour the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our country's freedoms.

Thank you to every Veteran and service member who has served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace. We promise to never forget.

The Field of Crosses annual Remembrance Day Ceremony will be held this morning starting at 10:30am, and streamed live for all to see thanks to our Official Media Partner, @GlobalCalgary.

We invite you to join us via the Link in Bio.


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