The Field of Crosses will again be on display in Qualicum Beach starting Nov. 4 until Remembrance Day, Nov. 11. (PQB News file photo)

The Field of Crosses will again be on display in Qualicum Beach starting Nov. 4 until Remembrance Day, Nov. 11. (PQB News file photo)

Field of Crosses to be displayed again in Qualicum Beach for 2022

Display aims to honour First and Second World War veterans

A field of crosses will again be erected in Qualicum Beach to honour veterans from First and Second World Wars.

The Town of Qualicum Beach has permitted the Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach and Royal Canadian Legion Branch 76 to created the displays on the grassy area, west side of Memorial Drive at the railroad tracks.

For six weeks, the Field of Crosses will be up, from Nov. 3 leading up to Remembrance Day on Nov. 11.

Opening ceremony takes place at 11 a.m. on Nov. 3, with a candlelight vigil Nov. 10 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Nearly two million Canadians have served in the military for more than a hundred years. In the First World War, more than 60,000 Canadians sacrificed their lives with almost 20,000 of those buried in unmarked graves overseas. In the Second World War, more than 40,000 Canadian soldiers died.

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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