Field of Crosses 5K

FOC 5K

Field of Crosses 5k Memorial Run & Walk/Sat. Sept 11 2021

The 2021 inaugural event took participants from Dale Hodges Park along the beautiful Bow River pathway, looping back on the same route to finish at Dale Hodges Park.

Participants supported the Field of Crosses Memorial which takes place every November 1-11 along Memorial Drive. The mission and commitment of the Field of Crosses Memorial Project is to assure that present and future generations always remember and never forget the thousands of men and women from Southern Alberta and across Canada who gave their tomorrows for our today.

Thanks to all for your participation and sponsorship!  If you have not had a chance to submit your sponsorship you can do so by using the Canada Helps button on our donation page.

Watch for details for our 2022 Field of Crosses 5K !

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In partnership with Global Calgary.

If you still wish to contribute please make a General Donation below.

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We would like to take an opportunity to thank Catherine Glaser-Climie and the Cantaré Children's Choi for sharing their endless talent at during the Eleven Days of Remembrance at the Field of Crosses!

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We would like to take an opportunity to thank Catherine Glaser-Climie and the Cantaré Childrens Choir for sharing their endless talent at during the Eleven Days of Remembrance at the Field of Crosses!

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Catherine Glaser-Climie is such an integral part of our team ! We are blessed to have her on board ❤

It is such an honour for Cantare Children’s Choir to be in partnership with the Field of Crosses. Our participation in the ceremonies is the highlight of the year.

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The Field of Crosses memorial display was taken down on November 12th and safely tucked away for another year.

While the display has been removed, rest assured the Field of Crosses team continues to work year-round to commemorate and honour the fallen heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Thanks to all the volunteers, donors and visitors to the Field. With your continued support this important memorial will carry on for generations.

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Thank you so much to the Cantaré Children's Choir for sharing the beautiful video.

Watch and listen as their chorister James Wreford recites “The Young Dead Soldiers Do Not Speak” by Archibald MacLeish.
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🙌 We would like to take a moment to thank everyone who continues to support our Adopt A Cross program.

❤️ Your donations help to ensure both present and future generations will never forget the thousands of brave men and women from Southern Alberta, and across Canada, who gave their tomorrows for our today.

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Through the Adopt A Cross campaign, 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.

👇 To donate and learn more, please visit our website!

www.fieldofcrosses.com/adopt-a-cross-overview/

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🙌 We would like to take a moment to thank everyone who continues to support our Adopt A Cross program.

❤️ Your donations help to ensure both present and future generations will never forget the thousands of brave men and women from Southern Alberta, and across Canada, who gave their tomorrows for our today.

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Through the Adopt A Cross campaign, 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.

👇 To donate and learn more, please visit our website!

https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/adopt-a-cross-overview/

#FieldofCrosses #CanadianArmedForces #CanadaRemembers #NeverForget #Veterans
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❤️ This week, we recognized and thanked Mortgage Connection for their huge ongoing support of the Field of Crosses.

🙌 Thank you Mortgage Connection for being part of our team in so many ways!

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We would like to take an opportunity to Catherine Glaser-Climie and the @cantarechildrenschoir for sharing their endless talent at during the Eleven Days of Remembrance at the Field of Crosses!

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#ThankYou #FieldofCrosses #YYCEvents #YYCKids #YYCMusic #WeRemember #NeverForget
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🙌 We would like to take a moment to thank everyone who continues to support our Adopt A Cross program.

❤️ Your donations help to ensure both present and future generations will never forget the thousands of brave men and women from Southern Alberta, and across Canada, who gave their tomorrows for our today.

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Through the Adopt A Cross campaign, 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.

👇 To donate and learn more, please visit our website!

https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/adopt-a-cross-overview/

#FieldofCrosses #CanadianArmedForces #CanadaRemembers #NeverForget #Veterans
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The Field of Crosses site we be open to the public at 2PM today.

Thank you to everyone who joined us virtually via the @GlobalCalgary livestream this morning. We truly appreciate your patience and understanding this year as we continue to follow the necessary safety protocols in accordance with Alberta Health Services Guidelines for Outdoor Events.
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WE ARE LIVE!

Use the Link in Bio to tune into this morning's Remembrance Day Ceremony live stream, courtesy of our Official Media Sponsor @GlobalCalgary.
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Today, on #RemembranceDay, we pause to honour the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our country's freedoms.

Thank you to every Veteran and service member who has served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace. We promise to never forget.

The Field of Crosses annual Remembrance Day Ceremony will be held this morning starting at 10:30am, and streamed live for all to see thanks to our Official Media Partner, @GlobalCalgary.

We invite you to join us via the Link in Bio.

https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/
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Night of Lights Ceremony 2021. 🕯️❤️ ...

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🕯️Our Night of Lights Ceremony is underway. ...

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The Field of Crosses has been working closely with the City of Calgary and Alberta Health Services to meet the challenges the COVID-19 PANDEMIC has presented to us. While our presentation may be a bit different from previous years, we strive to maintain a meaningful experience for those who visit the crosses.

Our goal is to ensure the health and safety of all attendees. As such, we will be following and implementing safety protocols in accordance with Alberta Health Services Guidelines for Outdoor Events.

During this evening's Night of Lights Ceremony, access to the cenotaph area will be restricted to event participants and invited attendees only, however the general public is welcome to join outside of this space.

The Remembrance Day Ceremony will be broadcast live as a virtual event for all to enjoy from the comfort of home. Starting at 10:30am tomorrow, the @globalcalgary live feed can be accessed directly on our website, which is linked below. The Field of Crosses site will be closed to the public from midnight tonight until after the Remembrance Day Ceremony is over at approximately 1:00pm, after which the site will be open for the public to wander amongst the crosses.

We truly appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

Please visit our website for more information.

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Today, November 10th, we honour Women of War Day.

Canadian women first served in the RCN during the Second World War.

The Women’s Royal Canadian Navy Service (WRCNS), whose members were commonly called “WRENs” after the Women' Royal Navy, was launched in 1942 to recruit women to work in support roles in the navy so more men would be available for sea duties. WRENs did much of the same sort of work as men (except for serving at sea on warships), such as servicing anti-submarine equipment and aircraft, performing communications roles and working as drivers.

By the end of the war there were about 6,000 women in the navy.

Approximately 1,000 WRENs served overseas, many of them in Northern Ireland and Scotland, and more than 500 more served in Newfoundland (which was not yet a part of Canada).

There are 6 women commemorated each November in the Field of Crosses.

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❤️ Thank you, @stampedecitykinsmen

Your support will go a long way towards ensuring the longevity of the Field of Crosses memorial tribute. We appreciate you!

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☕ We were pleased to host Moodys Private Client Accounting LLP for 𝘊𝘰𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘦 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘊𝘳𝘰𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘴 yesterday, as a small token of our appreciation for their huge support of the Field of Crosses.

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Today, November 9th, we honour First Responders Day.

Many of Calgary's firefighters in 1914 were new Canadians who felt drawn back to Europe to help with the war effort. Calgary supplied the personnel for three medical units in France: The 8th Canadian Field Ambulance, No. 2 Casualty Clearing Station, and No. 7 Calvary Field Ambulance. There are 4 members of the CFD commemorated each November in the Field of Crosses.

6 Calgary Police Service members, who left their duties to help with Canada’s efforts in past conflicts, are not only remembered here in the Field of Crosses during the 11 Days of Remembrance, they are also represented in Arthur Duncan Memorial Hall at Calgary Police HQ on plaques adjacent to those paying tribute to 11 police officers that have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Corporal Michael Gunter Starker, of the 15th Field Ambulance Regiment, is the lone EMS Professional memorialized in the Field of Crosses.

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Today, November 8th, we honour Indigenous Veterans Day.

The First Nations, Inuit and Métis of Canada have a long and proud tradition of military service to our country.

While exact statistics are difficult to determine, the rate of Indigenous participation in Canada's military efforts over the years has been impressive. These determined volunteers were often forced to overcome many challenges to serve in uniform, from learning a new language and adapting to cultural differences, to having to travel great distances from their remote communities just to enlist.

Among the Indigenous soldiers commemorated each year in the Field of Crosses, is Private Gordon Yellowfly.

Gordon Yellowfly was born on the Blackfoot Reserve, Gleichen, Alberta on April 2, 1919. He was the son of Chief Teddy and Jane Yellowfly, husband of Ida Yellowfly, and father to their three children. His true name was PIIKSA-PI, which means “Sacred Visionary” in his native language.

Gordon was known in the 1930’s and 1940’s as an excellent athlete. He won third place in the Calgary Herald Road Race the year before he shipped overseas and was active in both hockey and boxing. Gordon enlisted in Calgary, June 9, 1942, joining the Canadian Army, Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, service number M102005.

By the winter of 1943, the German armies in Italy were defending a line stretching from the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Naples to the Adriatic Sea south of Ortona. The Allies prepared to break through this line to capture Rome. For its part, the 1st Canadian Infantry Division was to cross the Moro River and take Ortona.

Private Gordon Yellowfly was killed in action December 27, 1943 at the age of 24 in Ortona, Italy.

He is buried in the Moro River Canadian War Cemetery in Ortona. The inscription on Gordon’s headstone is “The sun shines, waters flow the grass grows; like these, our memories of you shall live for ever.” Gordon is also commemorated by the Gordon Yellowfly PIIKSA-PI Memorial Arbour on the Siksika Reserve and honoured each November in Calgary's Field of Crosses.

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Today, November 7th, we honour Memorial Cross Day.

The Memorial Cross (more often referred to as the Silver Cross) was first instituted by Order-in-Council 2374, dated December 1, 1919. It was awarded to mothers and widows (next of kin) of Canadian soldiers who died on active duty or whose death was consequently attributed to such duty.

Throughout the 13-year Afghan war, a total of 158 Canadians were killed. 11 fallen heroes who served during this conflict are commemorated annually in the Field of Crosses, and this morning, we were honoured to have most of these Memorial Cross families in attendance for our Sunrise Ceremony.

More than 40,000 Canadians troops were involved between 2001 and 2014, the largest deployment since the Second World War. The Canadian forces played a role in attempting to bring democracy to Afghanistan and fight terrorism following the events of September 11, 2001. Canadians were involved in numerous combat operations throughout their time in the nation, which was concluded on June 6, 2011, after Prime Minister Stephen Harper declared the mission a success as the region was safer than it was when Canada’s Armed Forces arrived in 2006. The Canadian efforts in the war were highly effective, but it came at a great cost. Suicide attacks and roadside bombs from the opposition were common, and caused the most Canadian casualties.

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What a pleasant surprise we received on November 1st when our friends from Mawer Investment Management Ltd. stopped by to announce Field of Crosses was chosen as Mawer’s October Charity of Choice !

Huge thanks to FOC Volunteer Coordinator, Angela Williams, for entering our name and to Mawer Investment Management for their generous donation!

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Today, November 6th, we honour Youth Day.

Canada's children and teenagers played an important role in Canada's wartime efforts. They filled many of the gaps left by male family members and other able-bodied men in Canadian society who left to join the armed forces and also provided other sorts of valuable support to those oversea

Many Canadian soldiers were just teenagers themselves. Numerous nineteenth, eighteenth, and even seventeenth birthdays were celebrated in uniform. Their willingness to fight and sacrifice everything for peace and freedom was an inspiration to all those who supported them at home.

Sometimes boys as young as 13 would lie about their age and attempt to enlist in the military. The underage volunteers who looked old enough were often accepted while many of those who were rejected ended up serving in the Merchant Navy, where they supported the war effort in a different way, transporting troops and materials overseas.

Outside of Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery in France, is a monument commemorating Private Gérard Doré, the youngest Canadian soldier to die in the Battle of Normandy. The Quebec teenager, who was only 16 when he died in action in 1944, serves as a solemn example of the kind of service Canadian youth made to their country.

There are a total of eleven 16-17 year old Canadians commemorated each November in the Field of Crosses.

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Today, November 5th, we honour Peacekeeping Day.

Since 1954, Canadians have been involved in missions across the globe to bring stability and peace to other nations. Over the course of 70 years, 125,000 Canadian military personnel have served in 50 United Nations missions. Canada’s first major mission came in 1957, during the Suez Canal Crisis. Secretary of State for External Affairs for the Louis St. Laurent Government, Lester B. Pearson, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957 for his work during this mission. Pearson suggested that an impartial military force be placed between the Israeli and Egyptian forces to stabilize the situation. The success of this concept allowed for the de-escalation of the Suez Crisis, and became the basis for further peacekeeping missions.

Canada is one of the world leaders in peacekeeping missions and has contributed to approximately 10 percent of the total United Nations peacekeeping forces.

Approximately 130 Canadians have died during peacekeeping operations.

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🌄 As "Army Day" comes to a close here in the Field of Crosses, we would like to take this opportunity to reflect on today's Sunrise Ceremony, and say a big thank you to everyone who joined and took part.

📱 More details about tomorrow's Sunrise and Sunset Ceremonies can be found on our website below.
https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/eleven-days-of-remembrance/

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