CALGARY – Calgarians gathered Saturday morning for the unveiling ceremony of the Field of Crosses Cenotaph, a permanent reminder of our war heroes and the sacrifice they made.

The special tribute took place at 9:00 a.m. along Memorial Drive. Murray McCann is the founder of the Field of Crosses project, which started in 2009.

“Our soldiers are out there to make sure the freedoms we have, we’ll continue to have,” said McCann.

The cenotaph will be a permanent monument in Calgary, serving as a year-round reminder of those who paid the supreme sacrifice during war and peacekeeping missions.

The half hour ceremony included a performance by the Scottish Traditional School of Piping, laying of the ceremonial wreath, and a reading of “In Flanders Field.”

The daughter of the late George Bittman, co-founder of the Field of Crosses, said her father would be proud.

“He would be so proud of how well this has taken off,” said Laura Vanderkruk, who is also the co-chair of the Field of Crosses.

“He’d be overwhelmed with the city’s response and the volunteer response.”

The Field of Crosses Memorial Project has been taking place between 3rd Street Northwest and Centre Street along Memorial Drive, in Calgary.

Calgarians are being encouraged to support the Annual Veterans Food Drive by dropping off food donations at Crown Surplus from Nov. 1 to 15 or by making a financial donation online at

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