On Saturday (October 28), Airdrie commemorated men and women, who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

Each year a parade and the laying of crosses takes place within the city to remember those who have sacrificed their lives. This event is called the Memorial Crosses Parade and Ceremony.

This year, two men who fought for our country had their names added to two crosses:

  • Michael Downey - Master Warrant Officer for 35 years- sadly passed away in 2021.
  • Todd Gillman - A member of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry - tragically lost his life on April 15 in a motorcycle accident.

Calgary Police Service members also be attended to honour member Andrew Harnett who was killed while on duty, New Year's Eve 2020.

AirdriePhoto of a young Airdronian placing a cross.

"Honoring those who died for our country and provided a life for all of us to live. There's no thank you that's going to be big enough," stated Airdrie Mayor Peter Brown.

The Mayor did mention that some modifications to Veterans Boulevard (where you can see the crosses) will be coming to make a section of the road a year-round memorial.

"Instead of remembering on one day, we're actually going to be remembering all year long, which is really important."

PeterPhoto of Airdrie Mayor Peter Brown placing a cross.

Airdrie Deputy Mayor Tina Petrow stated the laying of the crosses has personal meaning for her.

"I have a line of veterans in my family. To be here to remember my family personally, but then everyone that we've lost from this area in this region, it's very important for us to continue to remember and to value the sacrifices that were made and not forget them."

The crosses can be viewed just east of the intersection of 8th Street and Veterans Boulevard.

Family members of those being remembered came out to place the crosses, of which there are around 60.

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