How these crosses came to be..

Originally published on November 4, 2020: 

It was a project they had started in February, and on Nov. 4, Rotarians, along with the Peachland Legion, the Mayor and other local

The Nov. 4 ceremony at Peachland’s cenotaph.

politicians stood in front of 21 carefully-arranged crosses and paid their respects to the young Peachlanders who never came home from war.

“It’s emotional,” said Mayor Cindy Fortin.

“These 21 young men are real people – even younger than my own children now.”

The Field of Crosses project is similar to ones in Kelowna and Calgary, says the Peachland Rotary’s Chris Southin. From researching each one of the Peachlanders killed in action during WW1 and WW2, to ordering the crosses and carefully measuring them out and placing them the day before the ceremony, the group is grateful it all came together in a public display leading up to Nov. 11.

“When our ability to have large gatherings of Remembrance is limited, this Field of Crosses is an appropriate way to honour those from Peachland who did not return,” he said.

Here are their names:

Sgt. Harold Birkett

Pte. Frank Chapman

Corporal William Dryden

Pte. Ernest McKay

Pte. John Morrison

Pte. Charles Needham

Pte. George Needham

Pte. Norman Pope

Lance Cpl. Alex Seaton

Pte. Archie Seaton

Pte. Emmett Shaw

Pte. Charles Sutherland

Pte. Arthur Theobald

Pte. Herbert Vivian

Private Royal Edwin Bartee

Warrant Officer 2 Raymond Hathaway Wilson

Flying Officer Frederick Henry Mills

Flying Officer George Robert Pringle

Written by Kristen Friesen

November 7, 2021

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