Exercise Freedom Together

The Exercise Freedom Together campaign invites Canadians to celebrate their freedom by participating in an exercise challenge. All donations will benefit the Field of Crosses charity.

Field of Crosses honours the brave Southern Albertans who sacrificed their lives in active combat. We display 3,500 white crosses annually at Calgary’s Field of Crosses Memorial Park during the weeks leading up to Remembrance Day. Each cross bears the name of a Southern Albertan who lost their life fighting for freedom. By participating in the Exercise Freedom Together campaign, you can help us keep this tradition going.

Exercise Freedom Together asks single participants to donate $5 and ‘squads’ (groups of up to five people) to donate $25. The challenge is to post a photo on Facebook and/or Instagram of you and your squad running, walking or biking three kilometres (we encourage you to place your hand over your heart in the photo!). Make sure to use the tags @Exercisefreedomtogether and #Exercisefreedomtogether so that we can share your involvement on our page. Challenge friends and family to participate as well!

The campaign will run from August 8 to November 11 2020. This span of time denotes Canada’s 100 Days, a series of Allied victories leading up the Armistice of 1918. We will be sharing educational material about Canadian military history on our social platforms over the course of these 100 days, so be sure to follow us @Exercisefreedomtogether on Instagram and Facebook.

Over recent months, many of us have felt a limited sense of freedom or control. We want this socially-distanced fundraiser to bring people together by getting them outside and active.

We encourage you to participate in honor of those who have fallen while wearing the Canadian uniform.

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Exercise Freedom Together

@stmarysuniversity ...What an AMAZING event you put together 🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️

We are so #thankful and #grateful for your contribution to the @field_of_crosses today.

Thank you to all of the staff and student-athletes who participated today in the 3km walk/run and thank you to all of the people who made this event possible.

#yyc #Calgary #ExerciseFreedomTogether #eft2020 #fieldofcrosses #fieldofcrossescalgary #begrateful #begreatful #remembranceday #WeRemember #exercise #fitness #running #run #sport #neverforget #athletics #fitfam #WWI #WWII #veterans #Fallen #gratitude #2020 #canada #albertastrong
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On this day: The Battle of the Canal du Nord begins, 1918.

Pictured here are Canadian supply units crossing the dry bed of the canal. The wrecked bridge in the background was deliberately destroyed by the Germans.

The battle took place in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France between Sep. 27 & Oct. 1, and was marked by a significant Canadian contribution.

Canadian combat engineers constructed wooden bridges in order to allow artillery to cross the canal.
Parts of the canal itself were dry, but were heavily defended. It was quite unclear what awaited the Canadian battalions on the other side.

The attack began in the early hours of the morning, at 5:20 am, and the final objective of capturing Bourlon Wood was completed by end of day.

This was a stunning victory, which penetrated a majority of the Hindenburg Line, allowing for the next major attack.

However, as with all of the other battles, the loss of life was substantial. This particular campaign saw over 10,000 Canadians killed, wounded, or missing, and brought the total casualties for the 100 days' campaign to over 42,000 by this point.

We will never forget.

Photo Credit:
Famous Canal du Nord showing construction and cutting across which Canadians crossed with their supports and supplies
CWM 19930012-815
George Metcalf Archival Collection
Canadian War Museum

#exercisefreedomtogether #EFT2020 #fieldofcrosses #begrateful #begreatful #fieldofcrossescalgary #yyc #calgary #yycnow #remembranceday #canada #albertastrong #weremember #gratitude #together #freedom #exercise #calgarybuzz #veterans #neverforget #history #wwi #wwii #free #november #togetherstronger
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On this day: The Battle of the Canal du Nord begins, 1918.

Pictured here are Canadian supply units crossing the dry bed of the canal. The wrecked bridge in the background was deliberately destroyed by the Germans. 

The battle took place in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France between Sep. 27 & Oct. 1, and was marked by a significant Canadian contribution. 

Canadian combat engineers constructed wooden bridges in order to allow artillery to cross the canal. 
Parts of the canal itself were dry, but  were heavily defended. It was quite unclear what awaited the Canadian battalions on the other side. 

The attack began in the early hours of the morning, at 5:20 am, and the final objective of capturing Bourlon Wood was completed by end of day. 

This was a stunning victory, which penetrated a majority of the Hindenburg Line, allowing for the next major attack. 

However, as with all of the other battles, the loss of life was substantial. This particular campaign saw over 10,000 Canadians killed, wounded, or missing, and brought the total casualties for the 100 days campaign to over 42,000 by this point. 

We will never forget.

Photo Credit:
Famous Canal du Nord showing construction and cutting across which Canadians crossed with their supports and supplies
CWM 19930012-815
George Metcalf Archival Collection
Canadian War Museum

#exercisefreedomtogether #EFT2020 #fieldofcrosses #begrateful #begreatful #fieldofcrossescalgary #yyc #calgary #yycnow #remembranceday #canada #albertastrong #weremember #gratitude #together #freedom #exercise #calgarybuzz #veterans #neverforget #history #wwi #wwii #free #november #togetherstronger

Thank you St. Mary's for your generous support of #ExerciseFreedomTogether and #field_of_crosses ! We look forward to participating in events at your University on September 30! #StMUCo-hosted with @field_of_crosses, we are bringing awareness and honouring the Southern Albertans who sacrificed their lives in active combat. Join us Wednesday Sept. 30, 2020 from 12-1pm. 💙

The Challenge involves a single person or a squad ( 5 people) to each donate $5.00 and then walk, jog, run the 3km course that is located on St. Mary’s University Campus. #ExerciseFreedomTogether

REGISTER HERE:
www.stmu.ca/event/exercise-freedom-together-challenge/
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Thank you St. Marys for your generous support of #ExerciseFreedomTogether and #field_of_crosses ! We look forward to participating in events at your University on September 30! #stmu
Jody, a Mom of two kids, took time out of her day to donate to https://ecs.page.link/k7t69 and complete the 3km challenge! Thank you!
 #exercisefreedomtogether #ExerciseFreedomTogether #EFT2020  #CanadaRemembers #Canada #CanadianArmedForces #Remember #CanadianArmy #Remembrance #Veterans #FieldofCrosses #WW2 #YYCLiving #YYCNow #CalgaryBuzz #Alberta #Together #YYCMoms #YYCDads #YYC #Calgary #Summer2020 #YYCFitness #YYCYoga #igers #instagram #photooftheday #grateful #greatful
We are so glad to have great people like Jan and Pat who support #exercisefreedomtogether  #ExerciseFreedomTogether #EFT2020  #CanadaRemembers #Canada #CanadianArmedForces #Remember #CanadianArmy #Remembrance #Veterans #Field_of_Crosses #WW2 #YYCLiving #YYCNow #CalgaryBuzz #Alberta #Together #YYCMoms #YYCDads #YYC #Calgary #Summer2020 #YYCFitness #YYCYoga #igers #instagram #photooftheday #grateful #greatful

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On this day: The Battle of the Canal du Nord begins, 1918.

Pictured here are Canadian supply units crossing the dry bed of the canal. The wrecked bridge in the background was deliberately destroyed by the Germans.

The battle took place in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France between Sep. 27 & Oct. 1, and was marked by a significant Canadian contribution.

Canadian combat engineers constructed wooden bridges in order to allow artillery to cross the canal.
Parts of the canal itself were dry, but were heavily defended. It was quite unclear what awaited the Canadian battalions on the other side.

The attack began in the early hours of the morning, at 5:20 am, and the final objective of capturing Bourlon Wood was completed by end of day.

This was a stunning victory, which penetrated a majority of the Hindenburg Line, allowing for the next major attack.

However, as with all of the other battles, the loss of life was substantial. This particular campaign saw over 10,000 Canadians killed, wounded, or missing, and brought the total casualties for the 100 days' campaign to over 42,000 by this point.

We will never forget.

Photo Credit:
Famous Canal du Nord showing construction and cutting across which Canadians crossed with their supports and supplies
CWM 19930012-815
George Metcalf Archival Collection
Canadian War Museum

#exercisefreedomtogether #EFT2020 #fieldofcrosses #begrateful #begreatful #fieldofcrossescalgary #yyc #calgary #yycnow #remembranceday #canada #albertastrong #weremember #gratitude #together #freedom #exercise #calgarybuzz #veterans #neverforget #history #wwi #wwii #free #november #togetherstronger
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Jody, a Mom of two kids, took time out of her day to donate to https://ecs.page.link/k7t69 and complete the 3km challenge! Thank you!
#exercisefreedomtogether #ExerciseFreedomTogether #EFT2020 #CanadaRemembers #Canada #CanadianArmedForces #Remember #CanadianArmy #Remembrance #Veterans #FieldofCrosses #WW2 #YYCLiving #YYCNow #CalgaryBuzz #Alberta #Together #YYCMoms #YYCDads #YYC #Calgary #Summer2020 #YYCFitness #YYCYoga #igers #instagram #photooftheday #grateful #greatful
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We are so glad to have great people like Jan and Pat who support #exercisefreedomtogether #ExerciseFreedomTogether #EFT2020 #CanadaRemembers #Canada #CanadianArmedForces #Remember #CanadianArmy #Remembrance #Veterans #Field_of_Crosses #WW2 #YYCLiving #YYCNow #CalgaryBuzz #Alberta #Together #YYCMoms #YYCDads #YYC #Calgary #Summer2020 #YYCFitness #YYCYoga #igers #instagram #photooftheday #grateful #greatful ...

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As we navigate closer towards Remembrance Day, let us stop to reflect on our own lives and the many freedoms we get to enjoy on a daily basis.

This Canadian soldier seen here is tending to an informal grave of a comrade killed in action near Vimy Ridge, in April 1917.

Let us take a moment to honor the Fallen who sacrificed their lives for future generations, as well as loved ones who have recently lost their lives.
We can honor and show our appreciation to them by continuing to fight for everyone's right to exercise their freedom...together!

Photo Credit:
Canadian grave near Vimy
CWM 19920085-400
George Metcalf Archival Collection
Canadian War Museum

#exercisefreedomtogether #EFT2020 #begrateful #begreatful #yyc #fieldofcrosses #fieldofcrossescalgary #yycnow #remembranceday #canada #weremember #gratitude #together #wwi #wwii #freedom #exercise #calgarybuzz #veterans #history #neverforget
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The CPS Honour Guard walked around 11 km on Sunday morning, completing their 3 km Exercise Freedom Together Challenge. They went on a journey of history and memories in honour of Southern Alberta’s Fallen. Sgt. Travis Juska, spoke for the group in acknowledging the sacrifices these men and women have made for us. The Honour Guard not only completed their 3 km, but also presented a cheque to the Field Of Crosses organization, helping to ensure the continued legacy for years to come. Murray McCann, The Field Of Crosses Founder, along with the organization, are so grateful to the CPS Honour Guard for their generous donation! #calgary #canada #yyc #alberta #igdaily #yycnow #yyclife #ExerciseFreedomTogether #exercisefreedomtogether #Canada #CanadaRemembers #CanadianArmedForces #CanadianArmy #FieldofCrosses #Remember #Remembrance #Veterans #WW2 #Alberta #CalgaryBuzz #EFT2020 #Together #YYCLiving #grateful #YYCNow #greatful #Calgary #YYC #YYCFitness #fieldofcrosses ...

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Thank you so much for all of your support and incredible work with the Field Of Crosses! Way to go for completing your 3km challenge with Exercise Freedom Together!😊👏 We are #grateful #greatful for your support.
#exercisefreedomtogether #eft2020 @field_of_crosses #challenge #3rdcavalryregiment #canadianveterans #thankyou #yyc #calgary
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This Monday, we would like to focus on one of the greatest privileges of all... to exercise our freedom to life

Each time we are able to see a new sunrise, we should consider ourselves blessed. This means that for another day, we are able to see the beauty that the world offers us.

It is also a reminder that we should be #grateful to the Fallen who fought for us to be in this position, and also for us to be thankful to ourselves.

Take a moment to reflect - realize that you are also #great for persevering through your own personal battles and struggles. You are all great for striving to live for each and every day of this beautiful, yet crazy thing we call life.

#exercisefreedomtogether #eft2020 #yyc #calgary #BeGreatful #BeGrateful #youaregreat #fieldofcrosses #yycnow #remembranceday #canada #gratitude #fieldofcrossescalgary #calgarybuzz #together #canadaremembers #wwi #wwii #life #blessed #november #
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Squad (Cohort) Goals! 💯

Thank you to Brayden and the MRU Foundation Development team who took on Edworthy Park in honor of our cause!

The team was able to get outside on a beautiful day last week to do their 3km and reflect on the everyday freedoms they get to enjoy.

We are so #grateful for your participation! 🙏

#exercisefreedomtogether #eft2020 #fieldofcrosses #yyc #yycnow #yycfitness #remembranceday #canada #gratitude #begrateful #calgary #fieldofcrosses #fieldofcrossescalgary #calgarybuzz #together #exercise #canadaremembers #wwi #wwii #remember #squadgoals #freedom #gratitude
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Let’s go Exercise Our Freedom Together and have some fun nominating friends/family, organizations and teams!! See all of the instructions above and copy and tag away! Let’s go Southern Alberta and friends!! ...

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This Monday, we would like to focus on the privilege to be able to exercise our freedom of choice...

We enjoy the freedom to choose so many things such as our hobbies, passions, careers, and yes, even which hikes we want to go on!
All of these things allow us to not only explore and get in touch with the world and those around us, but also with ourselves.

What are you grateful for?

#exercisefreedomtogether #eft2020 #fieldofcrosses #yyc #yycnow #yycfitness #remembranceday #canada #gratitude #begrateful #hiking #calgary #fieldofcrossescalgary #canadianarmy #wwi #wwii #calgarybuzz #together #canadaremembers #canmore #kananaskis #rockies #explorealberta #banff
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We remember. #ExerciseFreedomTogether #EFT2020 #CanadaRemembers #Canada #CanadianArmedForces #Remember #CanadianArmy #Remembrance #Veterans #FieldofCrosses #WW2 #YYCLiving #YYCNow #CalgaryBuzz #Alberta #Together #YYCMoms #YYCDads #YYC #Calgary #Summer2020 #YYCFitness #YYCYoga #igers ...

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Last week, old ski buddies Grayson Schalin, Rod White, Don Norman, and Al Le Poudre decided to hit the links at Olds Golf Course in support of the #ExerciseFreedomTogether campaign. Collectively, they completed 50 000 steps!

The group generously exceeded the suggested donation amount of $5 each, contributing $140 to the campaign in honour of the fallen.

Now, this squad is challenging all golfers to #ExerciseFreedomTogether on the green! Practice your swing, and support a great cause.⛳

Find out more at https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/donate-eft/

#ExerciseFreedomTogether #EFT2020 #CanadaRemembers #Canada #CanadianArmedForces #Remember #CanadianArmy #Remembrance #Veterans #FieldofCrosses #WW2 #YYCLiving #YYCNow #CalgaryBuzz #Alberta #Together #YYCMoms #YYCDads #YYC #Calgary #Summer2020 #YYCFitness #YYCYoga
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We see everyone's amazing support and we are so grateful! Thank you YYC ❤️

#ExerciseFreedomTogether #EFT2020 #CanadaRemembers #Canada #CanadianArmedForces #Remember #CanadianArmy #Remembrance #Veterans #FieldofCrosses #WW2 #YYCLiving #YYCNow #CalgaryBuzz #Alberta #Together #YYCMoms #YYCDads #YYC #Calgary #Summer2020 #YYCFitness #YYCYoga
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When Alnar Ramji drove by the Field of Crosses memorial for the first time, the sight made a visceral impact. She describes the 3500 crosses arranged along Memorial Drive every November as a stark symbol of loss.

Ramji’s husband shared her response, deciding “We need to get involved.”

This is the Ramji family’s fourth year volunteering for the Field of Crosses. It’s a big task to maintain, organize, and install the crosses each year, and it requires the work of hundreds of volunteers. Not only do Alnar and her family come out to clean and ready the crosses for install, they have also taken on the huge job of ensuring every silk poppy placed on each of the 3,500 crosses is immaculate.

The Ramjis’ two sons also volunteer, making the memorial a family effort. Alnar is glad that her sons have had this opportunity to reflect on the meaning of Remembrance Day.

Alnar is especially aware of how important it is to acknowledge those who have sacrificed their lives for Canada's peace. She believes that reminders like the Field of Crosses Memorial can prevent us from continuing to make violent mistakes and inspire us to create a future that’s safe for everyone.

The #ExerciseFreedomTogether fundraiser is live right now, raising the funds to continue this important work. For more information on how to get involved, visit https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/donate-eft/

#ExerciseFreedomTogether #EFT2020 #CanadaRemembers #Canada #CanadianArmedForces #Remember #CanadianArmy #Remembrance #Veterans #FieldofCrosses #WW2 #YYCLiving #YYCNow #CalgaryBuzz #Alberta #Together #YYCMoms #YYCDads #YYC #Calgary #Summer2020 #YYCFitness #YYCYoga
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Take the scenic route, and #ExerciseFreedomTogether with a hike on the Troll Falls Trail.

Troll Falls is suitable for all skill levels, and displays multiple waterfalls. Plus, at 3.4 km, it's just the right length.

You can view the trail location here on AllTrails: https://ecs.page.link/7zFip

Have a trail recommendation? Leave it below!

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Let's hear it from the next generation.

Here's what Mackenzie had to say about why she decided to work with Exercise Freedom Together as Youth Ambassador:

"I decided to volunteer as an ambassador for this fundraiser because I care a lot about expressing my opinion and supporting important events. I’m really interested in the history behind the field of crosses because my great grand dad fought for our country. The opportunity to volunteer, help make a difference, and to show respect to those with loved ones that have been involved in fighting for our freedom means a lot to me."

Thanks Mackenzie.

Have you participated in #exercisefreedomtogether ?
Tell us your story in the comments.
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