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

#Repost Thank you @songbirdbkr and @rogerroger4 #team for taking on the #ExerciseFreedomTogether 3km #challenge 👏🏻
The fantastic #duo and their #furbabies Banjo and Chico, got outside for exercise on behalf of @exercisefreedomtogether
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#repost Thank you @songbirdbkr and @rogerroger4 #team for taking on the #exercisefreedomtogether 3km #challenge 👏🏻
The fantastic #duo and their #furbabies Banjo and Chico, got outside for exercise on behalf of @exercisefreedomtogether 
We are #grateful for your participation! #eft2020 #yycnow #fieldofcrosses #fieldofcrossescalgary #canada #exercise #remembranceday #freedom #instagram #cool #motivation #fall2020 #dogsofinstagram #inspriation #bestoftheday #health #friends #gratitude #togetherwearestronger @field_of_crosses #calgary #whosenext #challengeImage attachment

5 days ago

Exercise Freedom Together

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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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

Let’s go Exercise our Freedom Together and have some fun by nominating friends 👋🏽and family! See all of the instructions above and copy and tag away! Let’s go Southern Alberta and friends! 🇨🇦 🙌 🚶🏾🍂

Exercise Freedom Together 3 Kilometre challenge:
I challenge (NAMES HERE and tag)

- imagine what our country would be like had our Canadian military not fought for this country’s freedom? Would we have access to our favourite cup of coffee go and run or walk 3 kilometres safely?

Field of Crosses - we are a part of a Canadian community who needs a location for the families and friends of fallen soldiers, to remember their loved ones, a place every Remembrance Day to show our support as a country.

Instructions:
* When nominated, you must complete your 3 km in a group or as an individual by walking, swimming, dancing, running or completing 12,000 steps (equals 3 km) starting the following day and post a video or picture of yourself completing the challenge on your social media. Make a donation to www.fieldofcrosses.com/donate-eft/ and like and follow @exercisefreedomtogether

* Repost this information with the video or picture of you completing the challenge and nominate 5 different people or a group.

* This is an interactive way to get the word out so we can continue the Field of Crosses from November 1-11 as well as shed light on what your freedom means to you!

#exercisefreedomtogether
@exercisefreedomtogether
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Let’s go Exercise our Freedom Together and have some fun by nominating friends 👋🏽and family! See all of the instructions above and copy and tag away! Let’s go Southern Alberta and friends! 🇨🇦 🙌 🚶🏾🍂

Exercise Freedom Together 3 Kilometre challenge:
I challenge (NAMES HERE and tag)

- imagine what our country would be like had our Canadian military not fought for this country’s freedom? Would we have access to our favourite cup of coffee go and run or walk 3 kilometres safely?

Field of Crosses - we are a part of a Canadian community who needs a location for the families and friends of fallen soldiers, to remember their loved ones, a place every Remembrance Day to show our support as a country.

Instructions:
* When nominated, you must complete your 3 km in a group or as an individual by walking, swimming, dancing, running or completing 12,000 steps (equals 3 km) starting the following day and post a video or picture of yourself completing the challenge on your social media. Make a donation to https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/donate-eft/ and like and follow @exercisefreedomtogether

* Repost this information with the video or picture of you completing the challenge and nominate 5 different people or a group.

* This is an interactive way to get the word out so we can continue the Field of Crosses from November 1-11 as well as shed light on what your freedom means to you!

#exercisefreedomtogether
@exercisefreedomtogether

7 days ago

Exercise Freedom Together

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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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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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!

#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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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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On this day: The Battle of the Scarpe ends, 1918

Calgarians were among the soldiers who fought at the Battle of the Scarpe, as members of the 10th Battalion.

Beginning August 26, 1918, this phase of a larger operation ended in victory for the Allies, with the Canadians advancing over 8 kilometres.

While each successful offensive brought the war nearer to its end, the high cost to both sides should not forgotten.

Keep an eye out for more history, as we document Canada's Hundred Days.

#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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Have you read Generals Die in Bed, by Charles Yale Harrison? 📚

Harrison served as a machine-gunner in the First World War. His novel describing a Canadian soldier's experience of the war, published in 1928, was met with both praise and resistance.

In the words of Wade Davis: "Harrison's sin as a writer and soldier was to describe war as it was, not as it was remembered by those who had never endured its agonies."

#Exercisefreedomtogether with us to keep Canada's war history alive. Donation info in bio.

(Photo: Canadian War Museum)
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This is what it's all about.

At the end of October, hundreds of volunteers will gather to carefully and respectfully place each cross on its base.

These crosses form precise rows, and attract visitors from all over Southern Alberta to pay their respects to the dead.

Want to help us keep the tradition going? It's your turn to #ExerciseFreedomTogether

#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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Good morning Calgary!

Planning to #exercisefreedomtogether this week with a 3km run? Here are some (beginner friendly) tips to get the most of out your jog:

1. Don't start too fast! 😊 It's ok to begin slow and pick up the pace along the way

2. Take short, relaxed steps instead of long strides

3. Breathe slowly and deeply; not shallowly or rapidly

4. Make a playlist you enjoy to keep up your motivation!

5. Stay hydrated💧

And, don't forget to post a picture of your run challenging five friends to participate!

You got this 💪
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Greetings from Texas 👋

Thanks, Jackson, for supporting #ExerciseFreedomTogether – even in 105 F degree heat 🔥

It's going to be a hot weekend here too, Calgary, so if you're running 3km, don't forget the sunscreen and water bottle 😎

We love seeing such far-reaching support!
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We are super excited to see so much participation in #ExerciseFreedomTogether already! Not only are you helping an amazing organization in the @field_of_crosses but getting outside and enjoying the beautiful summer weather as well!!

Thank you #Alberta ! ❤️
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August 21, 1918: The (Third) Battle of Albert begins.

One of several battles that contributed to The Second Battle of the Somme, this battle was fought to reclaim the town of Albert, which the Allies had lost to the German Army in 1916.

This city was emotionally significant to the Allies: it was the site of the 'Leaning Virgin of Albert.'

The Virgin gained a folkloric status when she was dislodged by artillery in 1916. She tilted precariously throughout the war, and a legend developed that once the Virgin fell, the war would end.

She did fall, finally, when the basilica was destroyed during the spring offensive of 1918.

Albert was taken back by the Allies on August 22, 1918, statue-less.

After the war, the basilica was rebuilt, and the Virgin returned to her position, where she stands today.

Help Calgarians #remember when you #ExerciseFreedomTogether

Donation link in bio.
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Want to support #exercisefreedomtogether but aren't sure where to start?

Here's a step-by-step guide!

1. Visit https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/donate-eft/ to donate for yourself or a group of friends

2. Choose any way (and anywhere) you'd like to do the 3 km challenge -- run, bike, walk, roller-skate, it's up to you!

3. Take a picture of you (and your squad) with your hand over your heart to show support ❤

4. Open up Instagram or Facebook and upload your picture. Tag 5 friends by clicking the Tag People button and searching for their names

5. Don't forget to tag us too, and write #exercisefreedomtogether in your caption!

Final step: hit post! 👍
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