Field of crosses at City Park

Madison Erhardt

A memorial featuring 242 crosses has been set up at Kelowna City Park.

The crosses honour local soldiers killed in war to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice to end the First World War. That date, Nov. 11, has since gone on to be known as Remembrance Day.

"Calgary started this field of crosses back in 2011. They have 3,500 crosses, and they suggested we do it last year. But, we really didn't have time, so we went ahead with it this year," said Royal Canadian Legion trustee Jim McCarffery.

The crosses were set up over the weekend. 

"I think that it is a fitting memorial and a recognition for what these soldiers from the first and second world wars and Korea did for Canada," McCarffery added. 

Elementary schools across the Okanagan will be bringing field trips to the field of crosses as part of their history curriculum. 

"Every morning, students will drop by. A group of 30 in Grade 7 came this morning, and then they made it to the Legion. We answer any questions they may have as well as show them memorabilia,'' McCarffery said. 

The field of crosses will remain at City Park until Nov.13.

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