The next St. Mary’s President’s Volunteer Team event is fast approaching!

St. Mary’s is honoured to once again accept sole responsibility to set up and light 3,600 candles at the crosses of our fallen soldiers from Southern Calgary, and then remove the candles and repack them the following day. This is a major event in the university calendar, and an important opportunity for the us to give back to our community and pay our respects to those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

Are you a student or community member who is interested in volunteering with us?

Thank you to Field of Crosses for coming to StMU for a helpful information session earlier this week!

There are two dates open for volunteers to register: On Thursday, November 10th we will be at the field from 9:00am to 4:00pm to set up, light the candles and place them at the crosses. There will be two shifts available. This is a significant event, as it is when we recognize each soldier and call their name out loud.

If you volunteer to place candles, we ask that you read the name and age on each cross and then stand, put your hand over your heart and say “rest in peace, [soldiers name], for our land is free” to honour their sacrifice. This is how we show our respect to those who gave their today for our tomorrow.

After this service, on Friday, November 11th, we will be back at the field from 4:00 am to 6:00 am to remove and pack up the candles.

For more information on this event, please contact Kim Bourque at kim.bourque@stmu.ca or Jolene Smith at Jolene.smith@stmu.ca. We also ask that if you are a student with military experience, you include that detail in your email, if you would like to be involved in the actual ceremony.

Please note: The Field of Crosses will be offering ceremonies prior to the 11th that highlight the importance of remembering those who have given their life in the support of peace. Sunrise and Sunset ceremonies are held each day from November 1 until November 10 and the public is always welcome. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to sunrise or sunset. View the ceremony schedule here.