Girls of the Calgary Fire White hockey team helping to close down the Field of Crosses, Calgary for another year. © J. Ashley Nixon
The Field of Crosses is an annual memorial to soldiers from southern Alberta who made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives so that we might live our lives in freedom. It is a deeply moving tribute along Memorial Drive and the banks of the Bow River in Calgary with more than 3,400 crosses, individually identified by the name, rank, age and regimental or other military affiliation of comrades in arms.
The snows of fall covered the field through much of its annual presence this year between November 1-11. White on white, pitted by the red of poppies brought in their thousands by the people of Alberta, and beyond, humbly paying their respects to these soldiers, sailors and airmen.
The Day after Remembrance Day was a time to collaborate, across the ages and all walks of life. To enter this special place with dignity, taking care and time thinking about these fallen men and women and help take up and put away their crosses for another year.
We will not forget you.
With thanks and appreciation to Jen Stitt, to the girls of the Calgary Fire White Bantam Elite team, their coaches and parents who volunteered their time this morning.
For more images from The Field of Crosses, please visit J. Ashley Nixon Photography