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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

#yyc #calgary
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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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4 days ago
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Today, May 12th, we honour International Nurses Day

The Nursing Sisters of Canada have a long and proud history with Canadaโ€™s military forces, often referred to as Bluebirds because of their blue and white uniforms. Thousands of nurses have served at home and abroad.

Their origins can be found in 1885 during the North-West Rebellion, the first-time volunteer nurses were in the Canadian military, and again in 1898 the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) to support the Yukon Field Force, (Royal Canadian Dragoons military and the RCMP) in the Klondike region of the Yukon during the gold rush. Later with the formation of the Canadian Army Medical Department in June 1899 the Canadian Army Nursing Service (CANS) was created and nurses were dispatched to the South African War.

Before World War I, Margaret MacDonald was appointed matron-in-chief of the Canadian Army Nurses Corps (CANC) under the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF). Using her experience in the South African War and in Canadian military hospitals, Matron MacDonald had to mobilize a convoy of military nurses to serve overseas.

It was World War I, where CANC actions really bolstered the Nursing Sisters distinguished reputation as courageous, compassionate individuals working tirelessly to support troops. Their creation of casualty clearing stations just behind the front lines, and the hospital ships providing care to the evacuated soldiers saved many.

This was the pre-antibiotics age, the ranks of the injured were swelled by infection and outbreaks of diseases such as meningitis. Even nurses died of diseases like dysentery, pneumonia, meningitis and were killed in action, including all 14 nurses on the Canadian Hospital Ship HMHS Llandovery Castle.

By the end of that war, 3,141 had served in the CANC with 2,504 served overseas in England, France and the Eastern Mediterranean at Gallipoli, Alexandria and Solonika. An estimated 54 Nursing Sisters died while serving during WWI.

In World War II, the nursing service was expanded to all three branches of the military: army, navy, and air force. Each branch had its own distinctive uniform and working dress, while all wore the Nursing Sisters white veil, they were all commissioned officers. 4,480 Nursing Sisters served in all three branches of the Armed Forces, 3,656 with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, 481 with the Royal Canadian Air Force Medical Branch, and 343 with the Royal Canadian Navy Medical Service. As allied forces swept through Italy, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany Nursing Sisters followed close behind to provide crucial medial support. Nursing Sisters also served in Hong Kong, later when the garrison fell, they were taken prisoner by the Japanese. These brave women stayed with the wounded Canadian soldiers, working under atrocious conditions. After two years of captivity, they were repatriated to Canada.

No account of military service in the Second World War would be complete without mention of the contribution made by the four special branches of the nursing service โ€“ the Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Dietitians and Home Sisters. Also, the sisters who served on the hospital trains returning the wounded to destinations across Canada. The end of the Second World War brought closure of military and station hospitals across Canada. A total of 80 sisters joined the permanent armed forces and many more staffed the Department of Veteranโ€™s Affairsโ€™ hospitals to care for hundreds of returning Veterans.

Since WWII, the RCAMC Nursing Sisters have assisted in United Nations Operations as well as North Atlantic Treaty Organizations (NATO) commitments. Nursing women and men have traveled to places such as Gulf War, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda, Somalia and Afghanistan where they upheld the proud legacy of the dedicated service of nurses in Canadaโ€™s Armed Forces.

The Nursing Sisterโ€™s Memorial in the Hall of Honour in the Canadian Parliament Buildings in Ottawa is a loving tribute to their service, sacrifice and heroism.

Each November in the Field of Crosses we commemorate Nursing Sister Matilda Ethel Green of the Canadian Army Nursing Service, and Pte. Robert Alexander Steen of the Canadian Army Medical Corps on the Canadian Hospital Ship HMHS Llandovery Castle.

www.fieldofcrosses.com/

#NeverForget #NursesDay #InternationalNursesDay #WeRemember #FieldofCrosses
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Today, May 12th, we honour International Nurses Day

The Nursing Sisters of Canada have a long and proud history with Canadaโ€™s military forces, often referred to as Bluebirds because of their blue and white uniforms. Thousands of nurses have served at home and abroad. 

Their origins can be found in 1885 during the North-West Rebellion, the first-time volunteer nurses were in the Canadian military, and again in 1898 the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) to support the Yukon Field Force, (Royal Canadian Dragoons military and the RCMP) in the Klondike region of the Yukon during the gold rush. Later with the formation of the Canadian Army Medical Department in June 1899 the Canadian Army Nursing Service (CANS) was created and nurses were dispatched to the South African War. 

Before World War I, Margaret MacDonald was appointed matron-in-chief of the Canadian Army Nurses Corps (CANC) under the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF). Using her experience in the South African War and in Canadian military hospitals, Matron MacDonald had to mobilize a convoy of military nurses to serve overseas. 

It was World War I, where CANC actions really bolstered the Nursing Sisters distinguished reputation as courageous, compassionate individuals working tirelessly to support troops. Their creation of casualty clearing stations just behind the front lines, and the hospital ships providing care to the evacuated soldiers saved many.  

This was the pre-antibiotics age, the ranks of the injured were swelled by infection and outbreaks of diseases such as meningitis. Even nurses died of diseases like dysentery, pneumonia, meningitis and were killed in action, including all 14 nurses on the Canadian Hospital Ship HMHS Llandovery Castle.  

By the end of that war, 3,141 had served in the CANC with 2,504 served overseas in England, France and the Eastern Mediterranean at Gallipoli, Alexandria and Solonika. An estimated 54 Nursing Sisters died while serving during WWI. 

In World War II, the nursing service was expanded to all three branches of the military: army, navy, and air force. Each branch had its own distinctive uniform and working dress, while all wore the Nursing Sisters white veil, they were all commissioned officers. 4,480 Nursing Sisters served in all three branches of the Armed Forces, 3,656 with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, 481 with the Royal Canadian Air Force Medical Branch, and 343 with the Royal Canadian Navy Medical Service. As allied forces swept through Italy, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany Nursing Sisters followed close behind to provide crucial medial support. Nursing Sisters also served in Hong Kong, later when the garrison fell, they were taken prisoner by the Japanese. These brave women stayed with the wounded Canadian soldiers, working under atrocious conditions. After two years of captivity, they were repatriated to Canada. 

No account of military service in the Second World War would be complete without mention of the contribution made by the four special branches of the nursing service โ€“ the Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Dietitians and Home Sisters. Also, the sisters who served on the hospital trains returning the wounded to destinations across Canada. The end of the Second World War brought closure of military and station hospitals across Canada. A total of 80 sisters joined the permanent armed forces and many more staffed the Department of Veteranโ€™s Affairsโ€™ hospitals to care for hundreds of returning Veterans. 

Since WWII, the RCAMC Nursing Sisters have assisted in United Nations Operations as well as North Atlantic Treaty Organizations (NATO) commitments. Nursing women and men have traveled to places such as Gulf War, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda, Somalia and Afghanistan where they upheld the proud legacy of the dedicated service of nurses in Canadaโ€™s Armed Forces. 

The Nursing Sisterโ€™s Memorial in the Hall of Honour in the Canadian Parliament Buildings in Ottawa is a loving tribute to their service, sacrifice and heroism. 

Each November in the Field of Crosses we commemorate Nursing Sister Matilda Ethel Green of the Canadian Army Nursing Service, and Pte. Robert Alexander Steen of the Canadian Army Medical Corps on the Canadian Hospital Ship HMHS Llandovery Castle. 

https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/

#NeverForget #NursesDay #InternationalNursesDay #WeRemember #FieldofCrosses

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Today, May 5th is known as Liberation Day. The liberation of the Netherlands, from September 1944 to April 1945, played a key role in the culmination of the Second World War, as the Allied forces closed in on Germany from all sides.

The night of April 16-17, 1945, is remembered as the Battle of Otterlo. This was the last big battle to take place in the Netherlands. Unexpectedly the already liberated village of Otterlo found itself stuck between the Canadian and British forces advancing to the west on one side and the German army trying to get their remaining troops to safety behind the Grebbe Line, on the other side.

The Germans with somewhere between 600 and 900 soldiers launched a ferocious attack on Otterlo in a determined attempt by elements of three German divisions to push on to the south-west, to reach the safety of western Holland. They had no choice but to come through Otterlo as they had strict orders to take all their transport and heavy equipment with them. The first enemy to appear were a strong fighting patrol who came in from the north-east.

The attacking force encountered a troop of the Canadian 17th Field Regiment RCA, the gunners fought on using their handguns and hand-to hand combat, but groups of German soldiers managed to push through and dig themselves in. One group attacked the Canadian tactical divisional headquarters of the 5th Canadian Armored Division. Then the German artillery joined in the battle, shooting at the village. By the early morning, the situation had escalated into a serious battle. Canadian tanks had been called in for assistance and they drove into the village, guns blazing. Two allied WASPS flamethrowers and six Churchill tanks appeared on the battlefield firing at the German positions and the German soldiers panicked and fled. The battle was over.

Approximately 300 Germans were killed along with 17 Canadians, 6 British soldiers and 4 civilians. 48 Canadians were wounded. The liberation of Otterlo had come at a high price.
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Today, May 5th is known as Liberation Day. The liberation of the Netherlands, from September 1944 to April 1945, played a key role in the culmination of the Second World War, as the Allied forces closed in on Germany from all sides.

The night of April 16-17, 1945, is remembered as the Battle of Otterlo. This was the last big battle to take place in the Netherlands. Unexpectedly the already liberated village of Otterlo found itself stuck between the Canadian and British forces advancing to the west on one side and the German army trying to get their remaining troops to safety behind the Grebbe Line, on the other side.

The Germans with somewhere between 600 and 900 soldiers launched a ferocious attack on Otterlo in a determined attempt by elements of three German divisions to push on to the south-west, to reach the safety of western Holland. They had no choice but to come through Otterlo as they had strict orders to take all their transport and heavy equipment with them. The first enemy to appear were a strong fighting patrol who came in from the north-east.

The attacking force encountered a troop of the Canadian 17th Field Regiment RCA, the gunners fought on using their handguns and hand-to hand combat, but groups of German soldiers managed to push through and dig themselves in. One group attacked the Canadian tactical divisional headquarters of the 5th Canadian Armored Division. Then the German artillery joined in the battle, shooting at the village. By the early morning, the situation had escalated into a serious battle. Canadian tanks had been called in for assistance and they drove into the village, guns blazing. Two allied WASPS flamethrowers and six Churchill tanks appeared on the battlefield firing at the German positions and the German soldiers panicked and fled. The battle was over.

Approximately 300 Germans were killed along with 17 Canadians, 6 British soldiers and 4 civilians. 48 Canadians were wounded. The liberation of Otterlo had come at a high price.
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April 18 is commemorated annually as International Day of Monuments and Sites. Throughout Canadaโ€™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 Canadaโ€™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 Canadaโ€™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.

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Age 20 โ€“ Pte. 10th Bn
Date of Death: 26/09/1916

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Age 32 โ€“ 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 Thomasโ€™s and Louiseโ€™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 Canadaโ€™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 Canadaโ€™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.

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Age 18 โ€“ 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 Womenโ€™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.

https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/
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๐Ÿ€ 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.

๐Ÿ’š 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.

https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/people-and-stories/black-canadians
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Age 26 โ€“ 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. Simeonโ€™s brothers Berke and Irwin Besen also served in the military. While growing up Simeon was a member of the Calgary Lodge of Bโ€™nai Bโ€™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.

https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/

#CanadaRemembers #FieldofCrosses #CalgaryCharity #CalgaryVolunteers #Veterans #YYCLiving #YYCEvents #CanadianArmedForces
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"๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ, ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด.โ€™ ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ, ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด."

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 โ€œMemory, Dignity and Justiceโ€.

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

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

https://media.un.org/en/asset/k1g/k1gyq8bjwv

#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!

https://valourcanada.ca/vr/FOCMAIN/

#FieldofCrosses #ValourCanada #Veterans #CanadaRemembers #CanadianArmedForces
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๐‰๐Ž๐๐„๐’, ๐‘๐จ๐›๐ž๐ซ๐ญ ๐‡.
Age 21 โ€“ 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 Jimmiesโ€™ 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.

https://www.fieldofcrosses.com

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.

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๐Š๐‘๐„๐–๐„๐๐‚๐‡๐”๐Š, ๐Œ๐ž๐ญ๐ซ๐จ ๐€.
Age 22 โ€“ 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.

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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.

โค๏ธ Thank you all so much for your continued support!

https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/interesting-facts/list-of-soldiers-in-field-of-crosses/

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๐Ÿ 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 cityโ€™s commitment to honouring our fallen in perpetuity.

โค๏ธ 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.

๐Ÿ‘‰ All donations receive a tax receipt and will be used to ensure that this project continues again in 2022.

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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!

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๐Ÿ™Œ We would like to take a moment to thank everyone who continues to support our Adopt A Cross program.

โค๏ธ 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.

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ 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.

๐Ÿ‘‡ To donate and learn more, please visit our website!

https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/adopt-a-cross-overview/

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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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WE ARE LIVE!

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.

https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/
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