A ceremony was held on Nov. 6, 2020 to officially open the Field of Crosses in Qualicum Beach. (Michael Briones photo)

A ceremony was held on Nov. 6, 2020 to officially open the Field of Crosses in Qualicum Beach. (Michael Briones photo)

Qualicum Beach Legion creates special Field of Crosses

Memorials honour soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice

Soldiers who selflessly gave up their lives for our freedom are now being remembered and honoured in a Field of Crosses in Qualicum Beach.

The Field of Crosses commemmorates the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and Liberation of Europe. It officially opened on Friday morning with a short ceremony conducted by the Qualicum Beach Royal Canadian Legion Branch 76, who worked with the Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach in establishing the display.

Due to COVID-19, the display aims to encourage the community to honour the soldiers and to remind them not to forget them on Remembrance Day as celebrations have been pared down to discourage big turnouts.

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The memorial crosses are located on the west side of Memorial Drive at the railroad tracks. The display will be held until Nov. 12. The public is invited to come and visit the display.

“As you walk among the crosses, we ask that you think about the sacrifices this men and women made so that we may live our lives in peace and freedom,” said John Humphrey of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 76.

Candles will be lit at the base of each cross from 5 p.m. to midnight on Nov. 10.

Michael.Briones@pqbnews.com

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A ceremony was held on Nov. 6, 2020 to officially open the Field of Crosses in Qualicum Beach. (Michael Briones photo)

A ceremony was held on Nov. 6, 2020 to officially open the Field of Crosses in Qualicum Beach. (Michael Briones photo)