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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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❤️ Bart Peake is one of the Field of Crosses' "unsung hero volunteers".

Thank you Bart for being the keeper and coordinator of the bio cards and family tributes that hang on the crosses each November, telling the many stories of fallen within The Field of Crosses

Thank you also Bart for sharing your historical knowledge and enthusiasm during Coffee At The Crosses and with the many attendees at The Field.

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It was so wonderful to meet Bart this year - I especially enjoyed participating in his Coffee at the Crosses tours and learning from his extensive research!!. Thank you for all that you do for the Field of Field of Crosses !!!!

He’s the best. So thankful I get to work with him every year!

Thank you!

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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.

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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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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.

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.

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

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It always shocks me so much, when I read about these young soldiers. 21 years old!! It makes me wonder, how the heck did they send these KIDS into war?! The courage is beyond me! ♥️🇨🇦

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❤️ From all of us at the Field of Crosses, we would like to wish you and your families a safe and happy holiday season. Thank you for your continued support through 2021!

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐦𝐚𝐬 𝐓𝐫𝐮𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝟏𝟗𝟏𝟒

The First World War had been raging on for only four months. The weather that December was cold and wet. Many of the trenches were continually flooded, soldiers were covered in mud and exposed to frostbite and trench foot that seemed impossible to get rid of. They were dreading having to spend Christmas away from their families. Then something incredible happened on December 24, 1914. Soldiers from both sides put down their weapons, stepped out of their trenches and enemy really did meet enemy between the trenches. For a short time, there was peace.

There were many truces along the Western Front that Christmas, but the truce was not total. Shelling and firing continued in some parts and there were deaths on Christmas Day. Some of the truces had been arranged on Christmas Eve while others were arranged on Christmas Day. There were even arrangements which included a ruling as to when the truce would end. Along many parts of the Front Line, the truce was brought about by the arrival of miniature Christmas trees in the German trenches. Jovial voices could be heard calling out from both friendly and enemy trenches, followed by requests not to fire, then shadows of soldiers could be seen gathering in no man’s land, laughing, joking and exchanging gifts. Amongst the joy, there was sadness to the truce as both sides used this opportunity to seek out the bodies of their dead comrades and give them a decent burial.

The Christmas Truce of 1914 was not a unique occasion in military history. It was a return of a long established tradition. It is common in conflicts with close quarters and prolonged periods of fighting for informal truces and generous gestures to take place between enemies. Similar events have occurred in other conflicts throughout history–and they continue to occur.

While the Christmas Truce of 1914 did not involve any Canadian battalions or regiments, we thought it was a story worth sharing and many of our military personnel have similar stories to tell.

Source : Veterans Affairs Canada

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𝐊𝐑𝐄𝐖𝐄𝐍𝐂𝐇𝐔𝐊, 𝐌𝐞𝐭𝐫𝐨 𝐀.
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.

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𝐊𝐑𝐄𝐖𝐄𝐍𝐂𝐇𝐔𝐊, 𝐌𝐞𝐭𝐫𝐨 𝐀.
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.

https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/

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

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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.

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.

#CanadaRemembers #FieldofCrosses #CalgaryCharity #CalgaryVolunteers #Veterans #YYCLiving #YYCEvents #CanadianArmedForces
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𝐊𝐑𝐄𝐖𝐄𝐍𝐂𝐇𝐔𝐊, 𝐌𝐞𝐭𝐫𝐨 𝐀.
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.

https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/

#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!

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

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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.

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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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🙌 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!

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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The Field of Crosses has been working closely with the City of Calgary and Alberta Health Services to meet the challenges the COVID-19 PANDEMIC has presented to us. While our presentation may be a bit different from previous years, we strive to maintain a meaningful experience for those who visit the crosses.

Our goal is to ensure the health and safety of all attendees. As such, we will be following and implementing safety protocols in accordance with Alberta Health Services Guidelines for Outdoor Events.

During this evening's Night of Lights Ceremony, access to the cenotaph area will be restricted to event participants and invited attendees only, however the general public is welcome to join outside of this space.

The Remembrance Day Ceremony will be broadcast live as a virtual event for all to enjoy from the comfort of home. Starting at 10:30am tomorrow, the @globalcalgary live feed can be accessed directly on our website, which is linked below. The Field of Crosses site will be closed to the public from midnight tonight until after the Remembrance Day Ceremony is over at approximately 1:00pm, after which the site will be open for the public to wander amongst the crosses.

We truly appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

Please visit our website for more information.

https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/

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Today, November 10th, we honour Women of War Day.

Canadian women first served in the RCN during the Second World War.

The Women’s Royal Canadian Navy Service (WRCNS), whose members were commonly called “WRENs” after the Women' Royal Navy, was launched in 1942 to recruit women to work in support roles in the navy so more men would be available for sea duties. WRENs did much of the same sort of work as men (except for serving at sea on warships), such as servicing anti-submarine equipment and aircraft, performing communications roles and working as drivers.

By the end of the war there were about 6,000 women in the navy.

Approximately 1,000 WRENs served overseas, many of them in Northern Ireland and Scotland, and more than 500 more served in Newfoundland (which was not yet a part of Canada).

There are 6 women commemorated each November in the Field of Crosses.

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❤️ Thank you, @stampedecitykinsmen

Your support will go a long way towards ensuring the longevity of the Field of Crosses memorial tribute. We appreciate you!

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☕ We were pleased to host Moodys Private Client Accounting LLP for 𝘊𝘰𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘦 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘊𝘳𝘰𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘴 yesterday, as a small token of our appreciation for their huge support of the Field of Crosses.

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Today, November 9th, we honour First Responders Day.

Many of Calgary's firefighters in 1914 were new Canadians who felt drawn back to Europe to help with the war effort. Calgary supplied the personnel for three medical units in France: The 8th Canadian Field Ambulance, No. 2 Casualty Clearing Station, and No. 7 Calvary Field Ambulance. There are 4 members of the CFD commemorated each November in the Field of Crosses.

6 Calgary Police Service members, who left their duties to help with Canada’s efforts in past conflicts, are not only remembered here in the Field of Crosses during the 11 Days of Remembrance, they are also represented in Arthur Duncan Memorial Hall at Calgary Police HQ on plaques adjacent to those paying tribute to 11 police officers that have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Corporal Michael Gunter Starker, of the 15th Field Ambulance Regiment, is the lone EMS Professional memorialized in the Field of Crosses.

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Today, November 8th, we honour Indigenous Veterans Day.

The First Nations, Inuit and Métis of Canada have a long and proud tradition of military service to our country.

While exact statistics are difficult to determine, the rate of Indigenous participation in Canada's military efforts over the years has been impressive. These determined volunteers were often forced to overcome many challenges to serve in uniform, from learning a new language and adapting to cultural differences, to having to travel great distances from their remote communities just to enlist.

Among the Indigenous soldiers commemorated each year in the Field of Crosses, is Private Gordon Yellowfly.

Gordon Yellowfly was born on the Blackfoot Reserve, Gleichen, Alberta on April 2, 1919. He was the son of Chief Teddy and Jane Yellowfly, husband of Ida Yellowfly, and father to their three children. His true name was PIIKSA-PI, which means “Sacred Visionary” in his native language.

Gordon was known in the 1930’s and 1940’s as an excellent athlete. He won third place in the Calgary Herald Road Race the year before he shipped overseas and was active in both hockey and boxing. Gordon enlisted in Calgary, June 9, 1942, joining the Canadian Army, Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, service number M102005.

By the winter of 1943, the German armies in Italy were defending a line stretching from the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Naples to the Adriatic Sea south of Ortona. The Allies prepared to break through this line to capture Rome. For its part, the 1st Canadian Infantry Division was to cross the Moro River and take Ortona.

Private Gordon Yellowfly was killed in action December 27, 1943 at the age of 24 in Ortona, Italy.

He is buried in the Moro River Canadian War Cemetery in Ortona. The inscription on Gordon’s headstone is “The sun shines, waters flow the grass grows; like these, our memories of you shall live for ever.” Gordon is also commemorated by the Gordon Yellowfly PIIKSA-PI Memorial Arbour on the Siksika Reserve and honoured each November in Calgary's Field of Crosses.

https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/

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Today, November 7th, we honour Memorial Cross Day.

The Memorial Cross (more often referred to as the Silver Cross) was first instituted by Order-in-Council 2374, dated December 1, 1919. It was awarded to mothers and widows (next of kin) of Canadian soldiers who died on active duty or whose death was consequently attributed to such duty.

Throughout the 13-year Afghan war, a total of 158 Canadians were killed. 11 fallen heroes who served during this conflict are commemorated annually in the Field of Crosses, and this morning, we were honoured to have most of these Memorial Cross families in attendance for our Sunrise Ceremony.

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 Canada’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.

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In the spirit of reconciliation, we acknowledge that we live, work and play on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.

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