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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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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.

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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 Albertas 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.

Alberts name can be found in our Field of Crosses each November. 

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6 days ago
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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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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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1 week ago
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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.

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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 Wendys family and all those close to her.

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

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2 weeks ago
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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!

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

#PeacekeepersDay #CanadaRemembers #Canada #CanadianArmedForces #PeaceKeepers
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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
3 weeks ago
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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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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.

https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/

#CanadaRemembers #Canada #CanadianArmedForces #Remember
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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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H.M.C.S. Athabaskan G07

Commissioned on February 3, 1943, the Tribal Class destroyer HMCS Athabaskanโ€™s first mission began on March 29, 1943 to patrol the Iceland Faeroes Passage for blockade-runners. Afterwards, she carried out anti submarine patrols. On August 27, 1943 she was hit by a glider bomb off the Spanish coast but managed to reach Devonport, England where she remained under repair until November 10, 1943.Following repairs, she returned to Scapa Flow, Scotland in December 1943. In February 1944, she rejoined Plymouth Command and was assigned to supporting the operations of the 10th Minelaying Flotilla in the English Channel.

On April 26, 1944, she helped sink the German torpedo boat T29. Three days later, a torpedo from the German torpedo boat T24 sank her north of the รŽle de Bas while operating with her sister-ship HMCS Haida. Of the 261 sailors of the Shipโ€™s Company, her captain and 127 men were lost, 85 were taken prisoner, 42 were rescued by HMCS Haida, and the remaining 6 managed to reach England in a small craft.

A monument was established in their memory at Plouescat Communal Cemetery in Finistere, France.

In 2002 the wreckage of the HMCS Athabaskan was located near the French island of Batz in the English Channel in 90 meters of water. Canada, devoted to protecting Royal Canadian Navy shipwrecks and their contents, petitioned France with respect to HMCS Athabaskan, the French government has placed the wreck under legal protection of the French Heritage Code.

Athabaskan Island, near Bell Bella, British Columbia was named in memory of HMCS Athabaskan.

There are 8 known Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve (RCNVR) sailors of the HMCS Athabaskan who are remembered each November in the Field of Crosses.

๐—™๐—น๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด, ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—Ÿ.
Age 28 โ€“ Able Seaman

๐—๐—ผ๐—ต๐—ป๐˜€๐˜๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ, ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ฅ.
Age 19 โ€“ Able Seaman

๐—Ÿ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ, ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ธ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—š.
Age 28 โ€“ Petty Officer Stoker

๐— ๐—ฐ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ, ๐—๐—ผ๐—ต๐—ป ๐—Ÿ.
Age 19 โ€“ Able Seaman

๐— ๐—ฐ๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ฟ, ๐—ช๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—บ
Age 32 โ€“ Leading Stoker

๐—ฃ๐—ถ๐—ธ๐—ฒ, ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—.
Age 22 โ€“ Able Seaman

๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐˜€, ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—•.
Age 21 โ€“ Able Seaman

๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป, ๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—Ÿ.
Age 27 โ€“ Able Seaman
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As National Volunteer week comes to a close, we would like to share one final post to acknowledge a very special group of volunteers.

"๐˜ˆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜ท๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด."

The Ypres 3 CAV (Canadian Army Veterans) Motorcycle Club set up the rows of crosses you see here in the Field of Crosses each year.

As Major Kent Griffith explains in this video, they do so with meticulous care and attention to detail, and ensure every row and every cross is perfectly straight.

Thank you for your commitment Ypres 3rd CAV!
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The International Day of Monuments and Sites, also known as World Heritage Day, is an international observance held on April 18 every year all over the world with various activities, including visits to monuments. The Cenotaph at the Field of Crosses is a monument in Calgary which pays tribute year round to the men and women of Southern Alberta who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the military to protect the freedom we enjoy in this great country we call Canada. In addition, for the eleven days leading to Remembrance Day, 3,500 crosses stand as silent sentinels recognizing individually the 3,500 Southern Albertans who paid the ultimate sacrifice but also recognizes that, from all across Canada, 120,000 heroes gave up their lives for our freedom.

It is incumbent on all to honour our fallen. Each day that passes we move further away from the wars our country was involved in; the heroes pass, time pushes on and the future gets in the way of the past as we move through our own days and months and years. The Field of Crosses cenotaph and the ceremonies held at the cenotaph each of the eleven days are important reminders.

www.fieldofcrosses.com

#worldheritageday #fieldofcrosses #fallenheroes #remembrance #weremember #neverforget
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#NationalSiblingsDay serves to celebrate and recognize the importance of brothers and sisters.

Today, we would like to acknowledge the 57 sets of sibling combinations we commemorate each November in the Field of Crosses, including brothers Joseph and Thomas Dutton.

DUTTON, Joseph M.
Age 23 โ€“ FS (AG) RCAF
Date of Death: 06/06/1942

DUTTON, Thomas A.
Age 20 โ€“ WO2 (AG) RCAF
Date of Death: 03/03/1943

Joseph Mervyn Dutton, born on April 3, 1919, and brother of Thomas Alexander Dutton, born in Calgary, Alberta on June 3, 1922, were the sons of Mabel Dutton and Mervyn โ€œRedโ€ Dutton, who at the time was the acting President of the of the National Hockey League.

Joseph attended school in Calgary, Alberta at Cliff Bungalow and later Central High School. At the time of his enlistment, his occupation was listed as a hockey player with an Eastern US amateur team.

At Enlisting in Calgary on October 11, 1940 with the Royal Canadian Air Force, service number R60552, serving with the 419 (Moose) Squadron.

Joseph earned his Pilots Wings July 15, 1941.

Joseph was killed in action on June 6, 1942 at the age of 23 when his aircraft failed to return from air operations against Essen, Germany. This was his 30th mission, he received his Operational Wings posthumously on May 2, 1946.

Thomas was attending St. Johnโ€™s College in Winnipeg, Manitoba when he decided to enlist in Regina, Saskatchewan on April 2, 1940, with the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Service number R61271, serving with the 427 (Lion) Squadron. Thomas achieved the rank of Warrant Officer Class II.

He was killed in action on March 3, 1943 at the age of 20 when his aircraft had been detailed on a mine laying operation over enemy water. Thomas and his crew did not return from the operation.

Warrant Officer Class II Thomas A. Dutton and Flight Sergeant Joseph M. Dutton have no known graves, however their names are inscribed on the Runnymede Memorial, Englefield Green, Egham, Surrey, England. They are also commemorated on the Nanton War Memorial.

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Vimy Ridge Day is a day to commemorate the deaths and casualties of members of the Canadian Corps in the Battle of Vimy Ridge, which took place during the First World War. The holiday has been observed annually on 9 April since 2003.

On the morning of April 9th, 1917, after days of heavy artillery bombardments across Northern France, Canadian troops advanced on Vimy Ridge. In their first opportunity to fight together, all four Canadian divisions stormed the front. At 5:30 AM, 15,000 troops advanced under the protection of the creeping barrage, a newly adopted strategy that used artillery as a defensive cover.

Vimy Ridge was a strategically important position that saw approximately 150,000 deaths of French and British troops in the earlier stages of the war. To prevent a repeat of earlier efforts, the Canadian corps thoroughly planned and practiced their attack. The infantry were given specialist roles such as machine gunners, rifleman, and grenade throwers to allow for greater firepower and flexibility in the heat of battle. Models of the battlefield and aerial reconnaissance photographs were provided behind the lines for training purposes.

Along with superior preparation, the Canadian forces outnumbered the German defenders, 35,000 to 10,000. By April 12th, the Canadians captured the Pimple, a high point on the north end of the ridge, which was one of the most well defended parts of the German lines. Although the battle was successful, April 9th, 1917 became and still remains to this day, the bloodiest day in Canadian military history. In total, 3,598 were killed and an additional 7,000 wounded. In recognition of Canadaโ€™s success, 100 hectares of land was given to the Canadian government, including Hill 145 in France, which is now the home of the Vimy Memorial; the white marble monument was unveiled in 1936, and is an important reminder of the sacrifices Canadians made.

Each November the Field of Crosses in Calgary commemorates 209 Canadians from Southern Alberta who made the ultimate sacrifice at Vimy Ridge.

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๐˜ž๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ข ๐˜ซ๐˜ฐ๐˜บ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜Œ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜Š๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ด. ...

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During the night of March 24-25, 1944 one of the most amazing and daring escapes in history took place at the Stalag Luft III German prison camp.

Organization X, as they were called, set out to dig three tunnels (named Tom, Dick, and Harry) simultaneously in hopes that one of them would lead the men to freedom.

What is now known as โ€œthe Great Escapeโ€ was led by Canadian tunnel diggers, Canadian document forgers, Canadian scroungers, and many others in a variety of roles, with some 76 prisoners eventually making a break-out on that cold March night.

One of these Canadians, Flight Lieutenant Henry Birkland, of Calgary, Alberta is commemorated each November in the Field of Crosses.

Flight Lieutenant Birkland, was honoured on September 7, 2002 with a lake being named after him and was one of six Canadian airmen shot after being recaptured during the escape from Stalag Luft III.

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๐“๐ซ๐ž๐›๐›๐ฅ๐ž, ๐๐ก๐ฒ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ ๐Œ.
Age 19 โ€“ Pte CWAC
Date of Death: 21/12/44

Phyllis Margaret Trebble was born September 4, 1925 in Medicine Hat, Alberta. She was the daughter of Tom and Thurza Trebble of Winnifred, Alberta.

Phyllis enlisted November 3, 1943 in Calgary, Alberta joining the Canadian Womenโ€™s Army Corp, service number W130290. She died December 21, 1944 at the age of 19 and is buried in Medicine Hat Hillside Cemetery.

Sadly, no further information has been found.

Private Phyllis M. Trebble is remembered each November in the Field of Crosses.

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