There are no sunrise or sunset ceremonies at the site on Remembrance Day, and the 2020 Remembrance Day ceremony was held virtually. Typically, hundreds gather to pay their respects to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in honour of our country.
Wreaths were laid during the ceremony as the names of southern Alberta soldiers who died in battle were read aloud, photos of their faces held up by members of the Cantare Children’s Choir, who also sang.
Remembrance Day 2020: ‘Last Post’ is played at Calgary’s Field of Crosses
Remembrance Day 2020: ‘Last Post’ is played at Calgary’s Field of Crosses – Nov 11, 2020
The Sorrel Rider Drum Circle also performed as part of the ceremony, with Darcy Turning Robe telling Global News it was “very touching” to be among those honouring Canada’s fallen soldiers.
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“We were named after my grandfather, a World War II veteran. Sorrel Rider was his Indian name,” he said.
“Just being part of it and getting to sing all these beautiful songs that were gifted by my grandfather before he left this world and get to sing it along with my ancestors, along with the Bow River here, it means so much for many First Nations [people].
“We were very proud, very emotional. I just finished shedding some tears over there.”