If you are driving down Memorial Drive this month, you will notice more than 3,200 white crosses on display just west of Centre Street. This annual display, which is now in its ninth year, honours Southern Albertan soldiers who lost their lives fighting for our country.
These crosses mark those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice in conflicts and missions around the world. Each cross is inscribed with the soldier’s name, military decoration, rank, regiment or unit, age at death and date of death.
From November 1 to November 11 each year, a daily flag-raising ceremony takes place at sunrise. The flags are lowered every day at sunset. The Field of Crosses fly the Canadian flag high above the Alberta Provincial Flag and the RCN; RCA and RCAF Flags, which our Veterans served under prior to 1967.
Calgarians are invited to attend the ceremonies and to lay flowers or walk among the crosses in the two-hectare park along Memorial Drive between Centre Street and 3rd Street N.W. (Public parking is available at the west end of the park)