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Candles illuminate crosses of those from Kelowna who died for Canada

Candles lit to honour the 228 of fallen soldiers from the Kelowna area at the Field of Crosses display

People came together to pause and light a glowing symbol of remembrance in Downtown Kelowna to honour those who have sacrificed their lives while fighting for Canada.

The ceremony, organized by the Rotary Club of Kelowna, was held at the Field of Crosses in Kelowna’s City Park on the evening of Nov. 10.

For the past week, 228 white crosses bearing the names and ages of fallen soldiers from the Kelowna area have been displayed in the park. The visual memorial bears resemblance to the crosses in cemeteries in Europe, where many Canadian soldiers have been laid to rest.

By the end of the week, some of the crosses were adorned with handmade cards, flowers and photos left by their surviving relatives and loved ones.

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The Candle Lighting Ceremony, organized by the Rotary Club of Kelowna, was held at the Field of Crosses in Kelowna’s City Park on the evening of Nov. 10, 2023. (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)

People were able to visit the visual memorial throughout the week to pay their respects and remember the brave people who sacrificed their life for Canada.

All in attendance at the Candlelight ceremony were invited to take a lit candle and place it at the base of a cross to reflect on the lives and light that has been lost in war.

People came from across the Okanagan to honour their loved ones whose sacrifice is now represented by a white cross.

The Field of Crosses will remain on display until Nov. 12. A Facebook group for the Field of Crosses has been started to try and raise money for the annual display.

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The Candle Lighting Ceremony, organized by the Rotary Club of Kelowna, was held at the Field of Crosses in Kelowna’s City Park on the evening of Nov. 10, 2023. (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)

On Remembrance Day, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 26, will be hosting a memorial ceremony and parade through downtown Kelowna.

Branch 26 of the Royal Canadian Legion will hold its annual Remembrance Day parade and ceremony in downtown Kelowna. At 10:45 a.m., the parade will start at the intersection of Bernard Avenue and Water Street and will then proceed along the Abbott St. to the Cenotaph in City Park for the ceremony.

The Okanagan Military Museum will also host an open house on Remembrance Day for families and people hoping to learn more.

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Jacqueline Gelineau

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I'm a reporter in the beginning stages of my career. I joined the team at Capital News in November 2021...
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