Every November, volunteers join together to place a white cross alongside Memorial Drive in recognition of every fallen soldier from Southern Alberta who fought for our country. The tribute is called Field of Crosses and was started nine years ago, it now has a cross in the ground for 3,140 soldiers killed in action, dating back to Bohr War. The goal of the initiative is to “create awareness that our freedom did not come without a price and to honour the sacrifice of those soldiers who for our free tomorrow gave their today”. It is a very powerful visual on its own, and is further complemented by a memorial service that is held at sunrise and sunset every day between November 1 and November 11.
I have started going every year to the November 11 service and then wandering through the crosses after, looking at the names, ages and the tributes, pictures and flowers that family members place at the crosses of their loved ones.
It is not only a great way to remember those who fought for Canada’s freedom, but also a beautiful visual statement marked by endless rows of crisp white crosses and Canadian flags.
Jane T – Coril Holdings Ltd.