Exercise Freedom Together

The first Exercise Freedom Together campaign ran from August 8 to November 11 2020, a span of time that denotes Canada’s 100 Days – a series of Allied victories leading up to the Armistice of 1918. We invited Canadians to celebrate their freedoms by taking part in an exercise challenge and sharing their participation on social media. This initiative was created in support of the Field of Crosses charity and in memory of Southern Albertans who sacrificed their lives in active combat.

Each of the 3500 crosses erected in Calgary’s Field of Crosses Memorial Park during the weeks leading up to Remembrance Day bears the name of a Southern Albertan who lost their life fighting for freedom. By joining us for the first annual Exercise Freedom Together campaign, you have helped to keep this tradition going.

Be sure to check out the social media accounts on Facebook & Instagram @Exercisefreedomtogether and the tag #Exercisefreedomtogether to see some fun content from all the amazing people who answered the call.

We want to sincerely thank everyone who helped contribute to a successful first year. Field of Crosses is excited to announce that Exercise Freedom Together will return in 2021!

Stay tuned for more details!

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This past August we launched our first annual Exercise Freedom Together campaign!

During an extremely difficult year, Albertans stepped up physically & financially to take collective ownership of the Field of Crosses Memorial Project and exceeded any expectations we had at the time of planning this project.

In honour of #GivingTuesday The Field of Crosses Memorial Project would like to thank the community for its charitable generosity in 2020. We would also like to extend our sincere gratitude to the Calgary media groups for their valuable support.

By participating in both Exercise Freedom Together and our Adopt A Cross campaigns, the community has ensured the legacy of the Field of Crosses will continue.

Even though Remembrance Day 2020 has passed, and the crosses have come down, the work for The Field of Crosses continues. If you or anyone you know would like to donate, please visit the link below.

Your support is greatly appreciated!
www.fieldofcrosses.com/donate/
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This past August we launched our first annual Exercise Freedom Together campaign!

During an extremely difficult year, Albertans stepped up physically & financially to take collective ownership of the Field of Crosses Memorial Project and exceeded any expectations we had at the time of planning this project.

In honour of #GivingTuesday The Field of Crosses Memorial Project would like to thank the community for its charitable generosity in 2020. We would also like to extend our sincere gratitude to the Calgary media groups for their valuable support.

By participating in both Exercise Freedom Together and our Adopt A Cross campaigns, the community has ensured the legacy of the Field of Crosses will continue.

Even though Remembrance Day 2020 has passed, and the crosses have come down, the work for The Field of Crosses continues. If you or anyone you know would like to donate, please visit the link below. 

Your support is greatly appreciated!
 https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/donate/

Thank you Fiera Capital!

We want to thank everyone from Fiera Capital that has been involved in supporting the Field of Crosses.
This was a quick interview done with John Adams of Fiera Capital & Valour Canada on Tuesday November 12, 2020.

Thank you John, for sharing your stories and thoughts with us!
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Exercise Freedom Together

Tegh Singh felt a pull towards making a difference for our city. His personal mission, to ride 34 kilometres in Calgary, stopping at various locations near to his heart. He is raising funds for his two chosen charities, the Field of Crosses as well as the Veterans Transition network.

November 11, the morning of Remembrance Day, Tegh rode a bike in snowy and cold conditions, to raise awareness for Veterans. He feels that being physically active and speaking openly about his experiences in the US military are important. He rode for his, “brothers and sisters who didn’t come home with (him), and those who are forever changed by war.”

The Field of Crosses thanks Tegh for raising awareness not only about the Field of Crosses, but also for all Veterans.

If you would like to learn more about Tegh and his ride to remember, please go to Bike Calgary’s web link:

ecs.page.link/dwG7M

Exercise Freedom Together: raising awareness of the Field of Crosses. #ExerciseFreedomTogether Field of Crosses#FieldofCrosses #Veterans Bike Calgary
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Tegh Singh felt a pull towards making a difference for our city. His personal mission, to ride 34 kilometres in Calgary, stopping at various locations near to his heart. He is raising funds for his two chosen charities, the Field of Crosses as well as the Veterans Transition network.

November 11, the morning of Remembrance Day, Tegh rode a bike in snowy and cold conditions, to raise awareness for Veterans. He feels that being physically active and speaking openly about his experiences in the US military are important. He rode for his, “brothers and sisters who didn’t come home with (him), and those who are forever changed by war.”

The Field of Crosses thanks Tegh for raising awareness not only about the Field of Crosses, but also for all Veterans.

If you would like to learn more about Tegh and his ride to remember, please go to Bike Calgary’s web link:

https://ecs.page.link/dwG7M

Exercise Freedom Together: raising awareness of the Field of Crosses. #ExerciseFreedomTogether Field of Crosses#FieldofCrosses #Veterans Bike Calgary
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This past August we launched our first annual Exercise Freedom Together campaign!

During an extremely difficult year, Albertans stepped up physically & financially to take collective ownership of the Field of Crosses Memorial Project and exceeded any expectations we had at the time of planning this project.

In honour of #GivingTuesday The Field of Crosses Memorial Project would like to thank the community for its charitable generosity in 2020. We would also like to extend our sincere gratitude to the Calgary media groups for their valuable support.

By participating in both Exercise Freedom Together and our Adopt A Cross campaigns, the community has ensured the legacy of the Field of Crosses will continue.

Even though Remembrance Day 2020 has passed, and the crosses have come down, the work for The Field of Crosses continues. If you or anyone you know would like to donate, please visit the link below.

Your support is greatly appreciated!
https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/donate/
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Thank you Fiera Capital!. We want to thank everyone from Fiera Capital that has been involved in supporting the Field of Crosses.
This was a quick interview done with John Adams of Fiera Capital & Valour Canada on Tuesday November 12, 2020.
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Tegh Singh felt a pull towards making a difference for our city. His personal mission, to ride 34 kilometres in Calgary, stopping at various locations near to his heart. He is raising funds for his two chosen charities, the Field of Crosses as well as the Veterans Transition network.

November 11, the morning of Remembrance Day, Tegh rode a bike in snowy and cold conditions, to raise awareness for Veterans. He feels that being physically active and speaking openly about his experiences in the US military are important. He rode for his, “brothers and sisters who didn’t come home with (him), and those who are forever changed by war.”

The Field of Crosses thanks Tegh for raising awareness not only about the Field of Crosses, but also for all Veterans.

If you would like to learn more about Tegh and his ride to remember, please go to Bike Calgary’s web link:

https://ecs.page.link/dwG7M

Exercise Freedom Together: raising awareness of the Field of Crosses. #ExerciseFreedomTogether @Field of Crosses#FieldofCrosses #Veterans @Bike Calgary
#Veterans Bike Calgary #wesaluteyou #thankyou #bike #amazing #instagood #donate #yyc #yycliving #Canadianveterans #Veterans #CanadaRemembers #ridetoremember #grateful #greatful #fantastic #inspiring #strong
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Lest We Forget...

For this year's Remembrance Day, we ask everyone to pause and reflect on the freedoms they enjoy in their lives.

Think of each one of these individual candles - each contributing to a vast collective of candles - as an individual freedom that you get to experience in your daily lives, no matter how big or small it is.

Each one of these candles is represented by a Canadian who gave up their life in order to contribute to one of the freedoms you get to exercise; totaling over 3,500.

Photo captured from:
@field_of_crosses Night of Lights Sunset Ceremony - November 10

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Today's Sunrise Ceremony was in tribute to Peacekeeping.

Attendees included the family of Spr Stephan John Stock- who fell in Afghanistan in 2008, Jason Coping- Minister of Labor and Immigration, Rebecca Schulz - Minister of Children's Services, Whitney Issik- MLA, as well as all of the other volunteers and people braving the cold weather this morning.

We continuously express our #gratitude for all who show up to the ceremonies to come pay their respects in honor of the #Fallen.
We also want to once again thank everyone who supports the Field of Crosses and place their faith in the initiatives they set forth.

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Yesterday, the @field_of_crosses sunrise ceremony marked Aboriginal Fallen Tribute day.

Clarence Wolfleg Sr. (Agar) from the Siksika Nation was an honorary guest who spoke on behalf of Aboriginals who have served for Canada.
A very interesting man, with many interesting stories - a residential school survivor, a member of the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, and a police officer of his community in the Siksika Nation.

We want to honor all aboriginals who have fought and served, or are continually serving to help protect all Canadians. We thank you and we honor you.

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Earlier this week, @mortgageconnection stopped by at the @field_of_crosses to learn more about the history and stories that highlight some of the crosses on display.

Major (ret.) Kent Griffiths guided a small tour, helping to educate and share the stories and experiences of many of the fallen soldiers represented here.

The small tour was concluded with a cheque donation to the Field of Crosses organization. We are forever grateful for this contribution and for Mortgage Connection's selfless support toward our initiative!

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Ever wonder who actually helps to set up and run the @field_of_crosses ? Check out the video to see! 👏 🏍️

Music by Adam Vitovský, Rock Symphony
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Today - Nov. 05, 2020 - was a day of honoring historians and journalists. We also paid tribute to Michelle Lang, a Calgary Herald Journalist who tragically lost her life in Afghanistan in 2009.

We were fortunate enough to record a short time lapse video at the @field_of_crosses for the Sunrise Ceremony.

We want to remind everyone to simply be grateful for the privilege to see another sunrise or sunset each day and to bear in mind that so many of our freedoms (which can at times seem trivial) were fought for in a not too distant past.

Donations to the Field of Crosses can be made to:
https://ecs.page.link/SFr7V

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A quick look at @field_of_crosses first sunset ceremony this past Sunday on November 1.

Sunday's British Tribute Day ceremony marked the beginning of 11 days of sunrise and sunset ceremonies, leading up to November 11 - Remembrance Day.

What a fitting way to pay homage to the many who gave up their tomorrows for our todays...

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Thank you for your post and for your support of #exercisefreedomtogether at the @Field of Crosses ! We are glad you had a chance to visit the field! 👏🚶‍♀️ #ExerciseFreedomTogether #EFT2020 #Canada #CanadianArmedForces #CanadianArmy #Remembrance #Veterans #FieldofCrosses #igers #instagram #grateful #greatful #love #instagram #lifeisgood #thankyou #yycliving #instagood #fitness #yyc #yycliving #yycmoms #calgary #visitagain ...

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The Kennedy family visits the @Field of Crosses every year to see John D. Cruickshank's cross. In the picture is John's Great-Great-Great nephew!

John passed away on April 25, 1945.
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Today, we remember Carl Wilfred Carlson who has a cross erected in his honor at the @field_of_crosses

There are some who do not have a face that we can accompany to their story. We still have a responsibility to honor and remember them regardless.

Carl Carlson was born July 8, 1913, in Seven Persons, Alberta. He was the son of Gust and Hanna Carlson, and husband to Hulda of Medicine Hat, Alberta. He was also a father to his children, Joanne and Edward.

Pte Carlson served in the Algonquin Regiment RCIC part of the 33rd Canadian Brigade Group. Founded on July 1, 1900, the Algonquin Regiment is a primary reserve infantry regiment of the Canadian Army.

Carlson fought in the Second World War, specifically in helping to secure the Scheldt in the Netherlands.
On September 22, 1944, the Algonquins made a first attempt to take over a gap - a small gap in the southeast of the Breskens Pocket - which was heavily defended. The Algonquins were unsuccessful in this attempt.

On October 6, 1944, they once again planned to take the gap with Operation Switchback. It once again proved to be extremely difficult to break through the heavy German defenses and their firepower. A few days later on October 9, 1944, the Canadians attacked all around the Braakam, initiating a charge near Hoofdplaat. The Algonquins attempted once again on October 10, to clear the gap; unsuccessfully.

It was on the day of this charge that Pte. Carlson lost his life in battle. The Algonquins were finally successful in clearing the gap they worked so effortlessly for one month later.

Carl Wilfred Carlson is buried at the Adegem Canadian War Cemetery in Belgium.

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This is so interesting!
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Canadian Veteran Motorcyclists and Veteran Supporters at the @field_of_crosses

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Today, we remember Nursing Sister Matilda Ethel Green who has a cross erected in her honor at 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 Étaples, 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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On this day:
The Battle of Valenciennes, 1918

Pictured here is a photo from the capture of Valenciennes on November 2, 1918; the last major Canadian battle during the war.

Valenciennes was a strategically-located city and the last major French city under German control. German commanders were hoping the Allies would not bomb a city filled with civilians.

On the night of October 29, the 47th and 44th Canadian Battalions took over British lines and sent out battle patrols for reconnaissance of enemy positions and barbed wire. The Canadian Corps Heavy Artillery bombarded German positions day and night in preparation. The army wanted to spare French civilians from heavy shellfire, so targeted attacks focused on known German military strongholds.

The first objective was Mont Houy, a fortified hill overlooking the city. A unique artillery barrage with frontal creeping barrage, enfilade fire, and oblique fire was prepared for this.
When the soldiers of the 44th and 46th Battalions commenced at 5:15am on Nov. 1, they did so under pouring rain. The Canadians advanced behind a rolling barrage, though a bombing of German gas shells. The 44th Battalion captured Mount Houy within 45 min.
The outskirts of the city were taken by 10:20am and the 47th Battalion reached the Escaut Canal at the same time. Stiff resistance was met in the nearby town of Marly, across the Canal, and forces came under heavy machine gun fire in the south of the city. By noon, the Canadians had reached the heart of the city. House-to-house fighting saw the remainder of German forces pushed out, and by 8:30 am on Nov. 2, the Canadians were thought to have reached the outskirts of the city.
80 Canadians were killed with 300 wounded as a result of this battle.

One of the many fires started by the enemy before the Canadians drove him from Valenciennes
CWM 19930065-305
George Metcalf Archival Collection
Canadian War Museum

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Kevin Dallaire has a cross in the Calgary Field of Crosses. His Mother, Diane, shares a bit of who he was.
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