Field of Crosses Memorial Drive, Calgary, AB

At this time of year, nearing Remembrance Day, I try to take time to think about the many souls lost to their families and loved ones. They gave so much.

I am thankful for this amazing project initiated by Mr. Murray McCann - the Field of Crosses. A dramatic and visual reminder of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for us all. Since first visiting the field 10 years ago, walking along the rows of crosses, reading the names, and silently thanking those brave individuals. I have been pulled back several time and am always moved by the experience.

Here is a collection of images from those visits.

There are 3500 crosses paying tribute to those Southern Albertans who didn't make it home

Seeing Nichola Goddard's name the first time was particularly moving.

Captain Goddard was the first Canadian female combat soldier killed in combat. Living the life she wanted, serving her country.

I heard a story of one friend following the other into the service. One died, one continues to serve. What I didn't know until recently was that these young men were part of a close group of childhood through to adult friends which included my niece. I am guilty of thinking of WWI and WWII at times like Remembrance Day but the reality is much closer to home
My father, Raymond Fleming followed his older brother into the RCAF during WWII. Thankfully both men made it home. Seeing this line of Fleming crosses, the ones who did not make it back, brings the truth of the danger they put themselves in by answering the call.

The field of crosses is kept lit and open to the public 24 hours a day from Nov. 1 to 11th.

Check out a truly beautiful tribute from 2016 - https://youtu.be/fj_Ow8ykJUo

For more information on the Field of Crosses visit www.fieldofcrosses.com

Created By
Cathy Bennington


C.J. Bennington Fine Art Photography