Photos: Night of Lights remembers the fallen at Field of Crosses

Calgarians pay tribute to the more than 120,000 Canadians killed in armed conflicts since the 19th century

Candles burned in front of crosses at the Night of Lights at the Field of Crosses in Calgary on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. The candles set at dusk on the 10th burned all night until the 11th when Remembrance Day services began. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

The Night of Lights paid tribute to the members of the Canadian military who have been killed in conflicts from the 19th to 21st century.

The Field of Crosses represents Calgarians and Southern Albertans killed in the Boer War, World War One, World War Two, the Korean War, peacekeeping missions including those in Cyprus, Somalia, Bosnia, Croatia, Herzegovina, Haiti, and the War in Afghanistan.

Candles were placed in front of the 3,500 crosses erected to commemorate those killed.

The candles, placed by volunteers, dignitaries, and VIPs, burned until sunrise preceding the Remembrance Day service at the site.

A member of the Canadian Forces stands silently in front of a cross during the Night of Lights at the Field of Crosses in Calgary on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
An honor guard of Sheriffs and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers lowered the Canadian, Albertan, and flags of the Canadian Forces in front of dignitaries, VIPs, and the public at the Night of Lights at the Field of Crosses in Calgary on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Retired major Kent Griffiths saluted as the Cantare Children’s Choir performed during the Night of Lights at the Field of Crosses in Calgary on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Candles were distributed to dignitaries and VIPs that attended the Night of Lights at the Field of Crosses in Calgary on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. The candles were placed in front of marker crosses representing the Calgarians killed in military service for Canada in conflicts going back to the 19th century. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Premier Jason Kenney and Lieutenant Governor Salma Lakhani receive candles to be placed during the Night of Lights at the Field of Crosses in Calgary on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Dignitaries and VIPs hold candles to be placed in front of the crosses during the Night of Lights at the Field of Crosses in Calgary on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
The public watched the Night of Lights at the Field of Crosses in Calgary on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. Covid-19 restrictions this year limited the number of people able to gather at the Field of Crosses. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Members of the Cantare Children’s Choir placed candles in front of crosses during the Night of Lights at the Field of Crosses in Calgary on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Veterans walked towards the crosses behind the dais at the Field of Crosses carrying candles to place as part of the Night of Lights in Calgary on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Veterans saluted the crosses during Night of Lights at the Field of Crosses in Calgary on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. Each cross represents a member of the Canadian Forces killed in military service in conflicts from the 19th to 21st century. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Rows of crosses were lit up at the Night of Lights at the Field of Crosses in Calgary on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. The candles set at dusk on the 10th burned all night until the 11th when Remembrance Day services began. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Candles burned in front of crosses at the Night of Lights at the Field of Crosses in Calgary on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. The candles set at dusk on the 10th burned all night until the 11th when Remembrance Day services began. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Attendees visit the Night of Lights post ceremonies at the Field of Crosses in Calgary on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. The candles set at dusk on the 10th burned all night until the 11th when Remembrance Day services began. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

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