Monday, November 2, 2009

Remembrance crosses and Stars of David line Memorial Drive

Thousands of white crosses will line Calgary’s Memorial Drive until November 13 in memory of fallen soldiers.

"It's breathtaking," said George Bittman, Chairman of The Calgary Poppy Fund and organizer of this "commemeration Park."

Bittman and volunteers will install and maintain over 500 crosses and10 Stars of David on donated City of Calgary land, between 3 Street N.W and Centre Street. Each memorial with display a local soldier’s name that The Calgary Poppy Fund has traced to the Calgary area. Bittman estimates about 3000 local soldiers have fallen in battle and he's working to identify the others so their names can also adorn a cross.

"This is going to show the public how many people lost their lives from the First World War until today so we can live how we do now," said Bittman, adding that he's had emails and phone calls of support from across Canada.

Organizers plan to set this Memorial up every November. Calgary businessman Murray McCann donated up to $100,000 to pay for the project.

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