The mission and the commitment of the Field of Crosses 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. Your support is critical to helping us fulfill that mission.
Each November 3,500 crosses are erected in a park along Memorial Drive to memorialize individually the thousands of Southern Albertans who made the ultimate sacrifice defending our freedom. In addition a separate and special part of the park is set aside, with 120 unique crosses, for a special memorial to the 120,000 heroes from across Canada who lost their lives fighting for this great country. All day and night people walk through the 5 acre memorial, which is lit 24/7, reading the crosses and being reminded that our freedom was not free.
Each morning from November 1 up to and including November 11, at sunrise, a moving flag raising ceremony with school choirs, military pageantry, buglers, pipers, silver star families and honoured guests pay tribute our fallen. Each evening at sunset a similar service is held and flags are lowered. Each morning following the sunrise service school students, veterans and special guests are hosted to breakfast at a nearby Legion where veterans and police officers sit with students and engage in meaningful conversations. On November 11 a touching Remembrance Day service is held attended by over 5,000 and televised and streamed to 300,000 more.
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 will never forget.