Field of Crosses on display in Qualicum Beach to honour fallen soldiers

Sixty-six crosses are now on display in Qualicum Beach to honour fallen soldiers from Parksville, Qualicum Beach and area. (Michael Briones photo)Sixty-six crosses are now on display in Qualicum Beach to honour fallen soldiers from Parksville, Qualicum Beach and area. (Michael Briones photo)
The crosses bear the names of the soldiers and are adorned with a flower and miniature Canadian flags. (Michael Briones photo)The crosses bear the names of the soldiers and are adorned with a flower and miniature Canadian flags. (Michael Briones photo)
A moment of silence was observed to honour the fallen at the Field of Crosses ceremony in Qualicum Beach on Nov. 2, 2021. (Michael Briones photo)A moment of silence was observed to honour the fallen at the Field of Crosses ceremony in Qualicum Beach on Nov. 2, 2021. (Michael Briones photo)
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 76 representative Ben Villeneuve lays the wreath on the cross of the unknown soldier during the Field of Crosses ceremony in Qualicum Beach. (Michael Briones photo)Royal Canadian Legion Branch 76 representative Ben Villeneuve lays the wreath on the cross of the unknown soldier during the Field of Crosses ceremony in Qualicum Beach. (Michael Briones photo)

The Qualicum Beach Royal Canadian Legion Branch 76 has erected its Field of Crosses on West to honour those who served in the military and fought for our freedoms.

Sixty-six crosses, which represent the Qualicum Beach, Parksville and area soldiers who bravely lost their lives in service to their country, are now on display at the west side of Memorial Drive, across from the curling rink by the tracks in Qualicum Beach.

A ceremony was held on Nov. 2 to kick off the second annual Field of Crosses, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach in partnership with the Royal Canadian Legion. Among those who attended included Mayor Brian Wiese, councillors Scott Harrison and Teunis Westbroek, as well as Oceanside RCMP, Qualicum Beach Fire Department and BC Ambulance personnel.

The Field of Crosses will be on display through Remembrance Day.

— NEWS Staff

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