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Field of Crosses honouring soldiers to be erected in Qualicum Beach

Display a memorial to those who made the ultimate sacrifice
Jeff Frankford, president of the Rotary Club Qualicum Beach, and John Humphrey of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 76 show the site where the Field of Crosses will be placed Nov. 6 to Nov. 12. (Photo submitted)

A field of crosses will be erected in Qualicum Beach to honour Parksville Qualicum Beach soldiers killed in action during the First and Second World Wars.

The display, which will be located on the west side of Memorial Drive at the railroad tracks, is being presented by the Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach in partnership with Royal Canadian Legion Branch 76.

For six days, people can stroll through the Field of Crosses that will be on display, from Nov. 6 leading up to Remebrance Day. It serves as a memorial to the soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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The display will start at 11 a.m. on Nov. 6. Candles will be lit at the base of each cross from 5 p.m. to midnight on Nov. 10.

In the past 100 years, nearly two million Canadians have served in the military. Approximately 117,000 were killed or died in action. In the First World War alone, 66,000 Canadians gave their life with almost 20,000 of those buried in unmarked graves overseas.

The Field of Crosses originated in Calgary where 3,500 crosses are erected along Memorial Drive in remembrance of the soldiers from the southern Alberta area that were killed in action.

— NEWS Staff

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