Field of Crosses me­mo­rial is back and grow­ing stronger

StarMetro Calgary - - FRONT PAGE - El­iz­a­beth Cameron for Metro | Cal­gary

The tra­di­tion of set­ting up the Field of Crosses along Me­mo­rial Drive ap­pears to be grow­ing stronger with each year that passes.

David Howard, pres­i­dent of the Field of Crosses com­mit­tee, said more than 300 peo­ple showed up on Satur­day to set up the an­nual me­mo­rial.

“It was amaz­ing, it seems to grow ev­ery year,” Howard told Metro. “This has cer­tainly be­come an iconic sym­bol for our love and re­spect for those that put on the Cana­dian Armed Forces uni­form, and sadly, those who have passed.”

Ev­ery Novem­ber since 2009, vol­un­teers (un­der the su­per­vi­sion of the Cal­gary Unit of the Cana­dian Army Veterans Mo­tor­cy­cle Units, or, Ypres 3rd CAV) have set up more than 3,400 crosses in a park along Me­mo­rial Drive be­tween 3 Street NW and Cen­tre Street — one cross for each sol­dier from south­ern Al­berta who has been killed in ser­vice.

Each cross is in­scribed with the name, age at death, rank, reg­i­ment and the date the sol­dier was killed.

Sol­diers who en­listed in south­ern Al­berta, but may not have been born or lived here, are also in­cluded, as are sev­eral peace­keep­ers.

From Novem­ber 1 to Novem­ber 11, the pub­lic is in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in daily sun­rise flag rais­ing cer­e­monies and sun­set flag low­er­ing cer­e­monies – and many do, ac­cord­ing to Howard.

“I think we’re ex­press­ing our grat­i­tude for our veterans more than we have in the past,” he said. “It’s great to see.”

The Field of Crosses is funded by the McCann Fam­ily Foun­da­tion and the Cana­dian Legacy Project.


As busi­nesses strug­gle with the loss of cus­tomers due to con­struc­tion on 17 Av­enue SW, some want to re­lax liquor laws to bring peo­ple back to the street.


The Field of Crosses on Me­mo­rial Drive near Cen­tre Street has more than 3,400 crosses.

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