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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Words cannot express how saddened we are to learn about the removal of MMIW Prayer Ribbons from the trees surrounding the Field of Crosses site along Memorial Drive.

Unfortunately, we do not know whether these ribbons were removed by a Field of Crosses volunteer, a City of Calgary worker, or some other local resident who had visited this very public space. We do know, however, that there isn’t anyone involved in the planning and setup of our 11 day remembrance event who would deliberately sabotage such an important and meaningful tribute.

Our organization has close ties to the aboriginal community, and we employ the guidance of an aboriginal spiritual advisor (Dr Clarence Wolfleg) in our annual planning, and at our events. The 8th of November is a day we have set aside to honour our Indigenous fallen at the Field of Crosses, that will include special sunrise and sunset ceremonies with the participation of First Nations volunteers.

Perhaps we can take this as an opportunity to work with our city to help ensure that any existing and future tributes, such as this, will be properly identified in order to avoid any confusion and the harm it may cause.

We are extremely sorry that this has happened and are doing everything in our power to make things right.
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Words cannot express how saddened we are to learn about the removal of MMIW Prayer Ribbons from the trees surrounding the Field of Crosses site along Memorial Drive.

Unfortunately, we do not know whether these ribbons were removed by a Field of Crosses volunteer, a City of Calgary worker, or some other local resident who had visited this very public space. We do know, however, that there isn’t anyone involved in the planning and setup of our 11 day remembrance event who would deliberately sabotage such an important and meaningful tribute.

Our organization has close ties to the aboriginal community, and we employ the guidance of an aboriginal spiritual advisor (Dr Clarence Wolfleg) in our annual planning, and at our events. The 8th of November is a day we have set aside to honour our Indigenous fallen at the Field of Crosses, that will include special sunrise and sunset ceremonies with the participation of First Nations volunteers.

Perhaps we can take this as an opportunity to work with our city to help ensure that any existing and future tributes, such as this, will be properly identified in order to avoid any confusion and the harm it may cause.

We are extremely sorry that this has happened and are doing everything in our power to make things right.

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Proud to be piping at the sunrise ceremony on the 8th.

Respectfully, we have many things to recognize.

Pathetic, Weak Minded Individuals

3 days ago
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Delta West Academy was out to the Field of Crosses yesterday afternoon to place a poppy on each of the 3,500 crosses.

Thank you Delta West for your continued support year after year.

Your passion for honoring those who gave their all is being passed on to future generations.

www.fieldofcrosses.com/

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The future is bright.

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The Mortgage team and their wonderful families were out to place flags on each of the 3,500 crosses at Field of Crosses this morning.

We appreciate the huge support received from the kind and generous folks at Mortgage Connection.

❤️ Thank you!

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This is what it's all about, Remembering and Educating our Youth. Great Job

5 days ago
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The crosses are in!

Thank you once again to the Field of Crosses volunteers who braved the chilly rain to help get all 3,620 crosses installed today!

There is still some minor tweaking to be done but this year's memorial is on its way to becoming the best one yet!!

Thank you so much to the individuals and groups who have come together once again to help make this all happen.

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Looking forward to my yearly visit to pay my respects. Thank you to everyone who helps to set this up!

Such dedication to the cause of remembrance once again. 🇨🇦We will Remember them🇨🇦

What a special day❤️

To bad Trudo could care

So amazing!!

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🙌 Shout out to the fabulous group of volunteers who came out to help today!

❤️ The crosses are all loaded up and ready to head to the field tomorrow!

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🙌 Shout out to the fabulous group of volunteers who came out to help today!

❤️ The crosses are all loaded up and ready to head to the field tomorrow!

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KARINA - thank you. It's great to see you follow our page. We will be setting up our Night of Lights on November 10th using the beautiful candles you supplied us with!

What an amazing job you do❤️😊 Looking forward to see the candles....my small tribute to this important event! 🇩🇰🇨🇦 In memory of the people who gave their life so we can live in freedom 🙏🕊️🕯️

Great job, beautiful people, and may God bless each and every one of you!

Beautiful. Thank you. When will they be ready to view?

Thank you for doing this. 😊

We are going to freeze our tuchuses off tomorrow ❄️

Awesome group! Thank you!!

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We are so honoured to be partnering with @tailgunnerbrewingco this year!

For a limited time, Tailgunner Brewing Co. will be offering 4-packs of their Special Label Field of Crosses Hazy Pale Ale! This beer is brewed with 100% Alberta grains and a blend of four classic hops from the Pacific NW.

For every 4-pack sold, they will be generously donating $4 to the Field of Crosses.

Their first run sold out fast but don’t worry, they’ve brewed up some more!

Head over to their website to try yours today!

https://www.tailgunnerbrewing.ca/
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😀 Thank you very much to all the superb volunteers for a "site prep" job well done at The Field of Crosses today!

https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/

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Last Friday, we shared the story of Private Rosella Henry, the first CWAC (Canadian Women's Army Corps) to be buried in the Field of Honour in the Calgary Burnsland Cemetery.

Today, we would like to take this opportunity to tell the story of her brother, who is also commemorated each November in the Field of Crosses.

𝐇𝐞𝐧𝐫𝐲, 𝐆𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐨𝐧 𝐉.𝐁.
Age 23 – Cpl. RCCS
Date of Death: 27/07/43

Gordon James Byron Henry was born February 16, 1920 in Benito, Manitoba. Son of Joseph Byron Henry and Florence Henry of Calgary, Alberta. Brother of Private Rosella Bernice Henry, who died while serving with the Canadian Women's Army Corps.

Prior to the outbreak of war, he had been a member of the Signals Corps Militia. Gordon enlisted with the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals (RCCS), service number M9032, on September 5, 1939 in Calgary, Alberta as a wireless operator. He was the first to join up from High River, Alberta and among the first Canadian’s to be stationed in England, December 17, 1939.

Corporal Gordon Henry of the 1st Division Royal Canadian Corps of Signals (RCCS) is believed to have been the first Calgary soldier to be killed in the Sicilian campaign, July 27, 1943 at the age of 23 Corporal Gordon Henry is buried at La Reunion War Cemetery in Bejaia, Algeria.

https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/

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Each November 3500 crosses are erected along Memorial Drive, in Calgary, to pay tribute individually to the thousands of Southern Albertans who made the ultimate sacrifice defending our freedom.

What for 10 years was a private memorial, founded and funded by a private foundation, has now been gifted to the public as a registered charity to assure that 100 years from now we still remember and we never forget.

By 𝘈𝘥𝘰𝘱𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘈 𝘊𝘳𝘰𝘴𝘴, your donation will help to ensure present and future generations will always remember and never forget the thousands of men and women from Southern Alberta and across Canada who gave their tomorrows for our today.

Your support of the 𝗔𝗱𝗼𝗽𝘁 𝗔 𝗖𝗿𝗼𝘀𝘀 will help to fund:

❤️ The creation and maintenance of the crosses

❤️ Ceremony costs (11 days from November 1 culminating in a special November 11 Remembrance Day Ceremony)

❤️ Education expenses for school children

❤️ Other community engagement activities

All donations will receive a tax receipt.

To learn more, or to 𝗔𝗱𝗼𝗽𝘁 𝗔 𝗖𝗿𝗼𝘀𝘀, please visit the website below.

We truly appreciate your support.

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

#FieldofCrosses #CanadianArmedForces #WeRemember #YYCCharity #CalgaryCharity #YYCEvents
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Thanksgiving is an opportunity to show our appreciation for our loved ones, our life, and acknowledge everything that we are thankful for, especially the things that might often go unsaid.

From all of us at The Field of Crosses, we would like to wish you and your families a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
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We are pleased to share the announcement by the province this past Thursday that eight Albertans will be inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence (AOE) this year.

We are extremely proud that our founding Director and Chairman, Murray McCann, is included in this prestigious award which is the highest honour the Province of Alberta can bestow on a citizen.

Congratulations Murray!

#FieldofCrosses #Alberta #AlbertaOrderofExcellence #Congratulations #Remembrance #YYCEvents #CanadianArmedForces
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As we continue to celebrate Women's History Month in Canada, The Field of Crosses is proud to share more stories of some of the brave southern Alberta women who served our country.

𝗛𝗲𝗻𝗿𝘆, 𝗥𝗼𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗮 𝗕.
Age 22 – Pte CWAC
Date of Death: 25/08/45

Rosella Bernice Henry was born July 31, 1923 in Swan River, Manitoba. Daughter of Joseph Byron Henry and Florence Henry of Calgary, Alberta. Sister of Corporal Gordon James Byron Henry, who died while serving with the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals.

Rosella had lived in Calgary for four years prior to joining the CWAC, she was employed as a mechanics’ helper at No. 31 Elementary Flying Training School (EFTS) in DeWinton, Alberta.

Rosella enlisted in the Canadian Women's Army Corps, service number W130615, on October 6, 1944 in Calgary, Alberta. She received her basic training at Kitchener, Ontario and in January 1945 she was posted to Halifax, Nova Scotia as a motor mechanic. She died as the result of injuries sustained when a piece of machinery fell on her while on duty at Cathedral Barracks in Halifax, Nova Scotia on August 25, 1945 at the age of 22.

Private Rosella Henry is the first CWAC to be buried in the Field of Honour in the Calgary Burnsland Cemetery.

Rosella’s brother Cpl. Gordon James Byron Henry, 1 st Division Royal Canadian Corps of Signals (RCCS) is believed to have been the first Calgary soldier to be killed in the Sicilian campaign, July 27, 1943.

Rosella is survived by her mother; three sisters, a brother Joseph S. J. Henry, serving with the Merchant Marine on the West coast, and her stepfather Pte. J. L. Ellis, Veterans Guard in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/donate-adoptacross/

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In 1992, the Government of Canada designated October as Women’s History Month, marking the beginning of an annual month-long celebration of the outstanding achievements of women throughout Canada’s history. As such, we would like to take the opportunity this month to share stories of some of the brave women who are honoured each November in the Field of Crosses.

𝐉𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐬, 𝐄𝐥𝐬𝐢𝐞 𝐏𝐡𝐲𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐬
Age 20 – LACW RCAF
Date of Death: 03/06/43

Elsie Phyllis James was born May 10, 1923 in Banff, Alberta. Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney James of Banff. She enlisted July 8, 1942 in Calgary, Alberta, service number W/305220 in the RCAF (Women’s Division) as a Leading Aircraftwoman, LACW. Elsie died June 3, 1943 at the age of 20 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

She is buried in Banff Cemetery (Alberta) Lot77, Sec.6

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The Field of Crosses Adopt A Cross campaign is back!

When you Adopt A Cross, your donation will ensure present and future generations will always remember and never forget the thousands of men and women from Southern Alberta and across Canada who gave their tomorrows for our today.

For over a decade in Calgary, during the 11 days leading up to Remembrance Day, our landscape is punctuated by over 3500 crosses. The crosses pay tribute to those Southern Albertan soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of our freedom. This honour to their sacrifice stands silently, resiliently, as an acknowledgment of the deep and often painful cost of freedom.

The Field of Crosses has been supported through the generosity of J. Murray McCann and the McCann Family Foundation. In 2018 Murray gifted this private memorial tribute to the citizens of Calgary and Southern Alberta. In doing so, the Field of Crosses became a registered charity, overseen by an independent Board of Directors.

While Murray and his family foundation continue to support the Field of Crosses, the Board – and indeed the citizens of Calgary – wish to see the great tribute enshrined with a sense of permanence, to live up to the Field of Crosses’ motto We Will Never Forget.

Each year the cost of presenting this tribute exceeds $200,000. Through our Adopt A Cross initiative, we are seeking the help of our community to raise that amount.

Your support of the Adopt A Cross will help to fund:

– The creation and maintenance of the crosses

– Ceremony costs (11 days from November 1 culminating in a special November 11 Remembrance Day Ceremony)

– Education expenses for school children including a hot breakfast with veterans.

– Other community engagement activities

All donations will receive a tax receipt.

Click the link in our bio to visit the official donation page and Adopt A Cross today!
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Sending out a friendly reminder that our Field of Crosses 5k Run or Walk will now be taking place tomorrow morning at Dale Hodges Park.

Participants are asked to arrive around 8-8:30 AM and will leave the park space of Dale Hodges Park at 9:00AM to head northwest through the Bow River pathway before returning to the park to complete their 5km route.

Did you know that Dale Hodges Park, formerly a gravel pit, recently won the highest award of honour from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects for its environmental transformation?

That's right! According to the City of Calgary website, the park has been designed to capture, slow, and filter stormwater from eight surrounding northwest communities on its journey back to the Bow River. The design highlights the natural and man-made processes involved in stormwater management.

Join us tomorrow morning to take in the sights and sounds of this incredible location, while supporting the Field of Crosses Memorial.

The Field of Crosses 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.

Click the link below for more event and registration information!

https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/foc-5k/

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This Saturday, September 11th, The Field of Crosses will host its inaugural run and walk event as part of continued fundraising efforts to support the charity’s mission of Remembrance and education.

The importance of Remembrance and education is not lost on 76 year-old run participant Gerry Masschaele, who was born in Flanders Fields just before the end of World War 2. His parents lived through the war and Masschaele was raised on their stories of horror. Gerry is happy to share his memories with media prior to the start of the run.

What you can expect from the event on Saturday?

Participants should arrive around 8-8:30 AM and will leave the park space of Dale Hodges Park at 9:00AM to head northwest through the Bow River pathway before returning to the park to complete a 5km route.

At the same time, members of the Calgary Police Service alongside veterans of 3 CAV Ypres will ride in a motorcycle brigade from Dale Hodges Park to the Colonel Belcher Retirement Residence (1945 Veterans Way NW) to pay tribute to veterans living there. Both the CPS and members of 3 CAV Ypres have long supported the Field of Crosses.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to send us a DM or visit our official event page by clicking our link in bio!

#YYCEvents #FieldofCrosses #Calgary #YYCLiving #CanadianArmedForces #Veterans
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Field of Crosses 5k Memorial Run & Walk

🗓️ Sat. Sept 11 - 9:00 AM
📍 Dale Hodges Park

The 2021 inaugural event will take participants from Dale Hodges Park along the beautiful Bow River pathway. Participants will loop back on the same route to finish at Dale Hodges Park. Parking will be available at the park entrance on 52 St NW.

Participants will be supporting 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.

Join us, encourage your friends and family to run, and be sure to raise sponsorship for your participation! See you on September 11, 2021.

Visit our website for more info and event registration!

https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/foc-5k/
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The crosses are all cleaned and ready for installation!

Thank you to all the fantastic volunteers who helped us this past month through the first stage of preparing 3,500 crosses for the Eleven Days of Remembrance this coming November.

We will be reaching out soon for assistance with site prep and cross installation.

#YYCVolunteers #CalgaryVolunteers #FieldofCrosses #Calgary #CanadianArmedForces
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August 15 to 25 marks the 104th anniversary of the Battle of Hill 70, which took place near the town of Lens, France during the First World War. The Canadian attack led by Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Currie was set to begin in July 1917, but weather postponed the assault until August 1917. The delay allowed for the Canadian forces to better prepare for the advance and conduct raids against German outposts that helped to destroy German artillery positions. Canadian Engineers prepared special drums of oil to act as a smoke screen and reduce German visibility of the oncoming Canadian troops.

The attack began on August 15, 1917 at 4:25am. Unlike other Canadian offensives, there was no large-scale preliminary artillery bombardment that morning, and as a result the attack came as a surprise to the Germans. A diversion led by the 4th Division in front of Lens distracted German forces from the primary attack and allowed the Canadian 1st and 2nd Divisions to successfully capture Hill 70. The Canadians predicted German counterattacks and chose to reinforce the areas of ground they had gained. Over the next several days, 21 counterattacks by the Germans were attempted but Canada’s consolidated forces held their ground.

On August 18, General Currie attempted to improve the position in front of Lens on the southern corner of Hill 70. The Germans were prepared for this advance, and therefore, little progress was made. Because of this German preparedness, Canadian attempts to expand their territory came to an end on August 25, 1917. Canada’s successful capturing of Hill 70 was a pivotal defeat that helped to wear down the German forces. Over the ten days of fighting, there were approximately 10,000 Canadian casualties with 1,300 having no known grave.

Canada's sacrifices are remembered today at the Hill 70 Memorial, and at the Loos British Cemetery outside Lens, France. The names of Canadians who died at Hill 70 with no known graves are also inscribed on the larger memorial at Vimy Ridge. 6 Victoria Crosses were awarded to Canadians who fought at Hill 70 and Lens. 52 of these brave men involved in the capturing of Hill 70 are commemorated annually in the Field of Crosses.
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Field of Crosses 5k Memorial Run & Walk

🗓️ Sat. Sept 11 - 9:00 AM
📍 Mewata Armoury

The 2021 inaugural event will take participants from the Mewata Armoury in downtown Calgary through the beautiful trails of Eau Claire Park before crossing the Bow River walkways to the Field of Crosses Remembrance site on Memorial Drive. Participants will loop back on the same route to finish at the Mewata Armoury.

Participants will be supporting 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.

Join us, encourage your friends and family to run, and be sure to raise sponsorship for your participation! See you on September 11, 2021.

Visit our website for more information and registration!

https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/foc-5k/
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This week, we took the opportunity to look back on The Korean Armistice Agreement, which was signed on July 27, 1953 and brought about a complete cessation of hostilities of the Korean War.

The Korean War started on 25 June 1950, when North Korean troops invaded South Korea. More than 26,000 Canadians served on land, at sea and in the air during this bitter conflict. Sadly, 516 Canadian service men, including Calgary born Albert Orr, died while serving with the Canadian Forces in this United Nations operations in Korea.

𝗢𝗥𝗥, 𝗔𝗹𝗯𝗲𝗿𝘁 𝗪.
𝗔𝗴𝗲 𝟯𝟬 – 𝗚𝗨 𝗥𝗖𝗔
𝗗𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗗𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗵: 𝟮𝟭/𝟭𝟭/𝟭𝟵𝟱𝟬

Albert William Orr was born February 15, 1920 in Calgary, Alberta, son of Joshua & Jean Isabel (nee McLeish) of Calgary. Brother of Roy Gordon & Kathleen Elizabeth. Albert enlisted on August 14, 1950 in Montreal, Quebec. with the Royal Canadian Artillery, serving with the 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (RCHA), service number 800444.

Albert was killed on November 21, 1950, at the age of 30. His death was the result of a head-on train collision known as the ‘Canoe River Train Accident’, south of Valemount, British Columbia. The train collision killed 21 people; 17 Canadian soldiers and the two man locomotive crew of each train.

Their Movement Orders from Camp Silo, Manitoba to Fort Lewis, Washington State for 23 officers and 315 men of the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (RCHA) for deployment to the Korean War.

Gunner Orr is Commemorated on the Wall of Remembrance, Canoe River Memorial, Korean War Cairn and Canoe River Monument.

Albert is remembered each November in the Field of Crosses.

https://www.fieldofcrosses.com/

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