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
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