At the Field of Crosses, in place from November 1 to 11 each year, you can honour those who have fallen. Each of the 3,000+ crosses erected on the north side of the Bow River – along Memorial Drive – is inscribed with the name, rank, regiment, date of death and age at death of a Southern Alberta soldier killed in action.
There are two flag ceremonies each day, at sunrise (flag raising) and sunset (flag lowering). A special Remembrance Day service (virtual for 2020) will be held at the park on November 11th, after the Night of Lights.
There have been changes for November 2020 due to COVID-19, of course.
- Sunrise and Sunset ceremonies will be held from November 1 – 11, 2020, but only invited attendees will be allowed access to the restricted area around the Cenotaph.
- Night of Lights will be overnight on November 10 – 11, 2020. The fallen will be honoured within the Field of Crosses by placing a candle in front of each cross which will burn until sunrise. The park will be closed from 11 am until approximately 4 pm or until the candles are all in place. Only pre-designated volunteers will be allowed onsite to help with the setup of the candles.
- There will be no Sunrise or Sunset ceremonies on Remembrance Day and the Remembrance Day Ceremony (normally at 10:30 am) will be a virtual event broadcast live from the Field of Crosses by Global Calgary. The virtual event will also be live-streamed. Only those taking part in the ceremony will be allowed in the park during the live ceremony. After 2 pm, the park will open to the public but will be limited to 100 people on the field at any one time.
Field of Crosses Memorial Park (Sunnyside Bank Park) is located on the north side of Memorial Dr. between Centre St. and 3 St. NW. There is parking available at the west end of the park; be aware that parking may be difficult to find . You can also park in the Eau Claire area and walk across the footbridge.
Field of Crosses:
Viewing the Crosses
When: November 11, 2020
Time: 10:30 am (To Be Confirmed)
Where: Sunnyside Bank Park (see map)