Adopt A Cross Overview

When you Adopt A Cross, your donation will ensure present and 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.

For over a decade in Calgary, during the 11 days leading up to Remembrance Day, our landscape is punctuated by over 3500 crosses. The crosses pay tribute to those Southern Albertan soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in defence 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 has been supported through the generosity of J. Murray McCann and the McCann Family Foundation.  In 2018 Murray gifted this private memorial tribute to the citizens of Calgary and Southern Alberta.  In doing so, the Field of Crosses became a registered charity, overseen by an independent Board of Directors.

While Murray and his family foundation continue to support the Field of Crosses, the Board – and indeed the citizens of Calgary – wish to see the great tribute enshrined with a sense of permanence, to live up to the Field of Crosses’ motto We Will Never Forget.

Through the Adopt A Cross, 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.

We are seeking funding, not only to mount this ambitious project on an annual basis, but to create a legacy fund which will preserve it as part of our city’s commitment to honouring our fallen in perpetuity.

Each year the cost of presenting this tribute exceeds $200,000.  We are seeking to raise that from our community.

Your support of the Adopt A Cross will help to fund:

– The creation and maintenance of the crosses
– Ceremony costs (11 days from November 1 culminating in a special November 11 Remembrance Day Ceremony)
– Education expenses for school children including a hot breakfast with veterans.
– Other community engagement activities

All donations will receive a tax receipt.