Battalion ParkThe Story Behind Battalion Park
Battalion Park, with its white washed stones, is located high on the hills overlooking the Signal Hill Shopping Centre and what used to be Camp Sarcee. Sixteen thousand stones were laid out by the soldiers, who all trained at the camp, to represent their battalions from Edmonton, Calgary, Medicine Hat and Lethbridge.
From 1914 to 1919, men from Camp Sarcee would fight and die at battles across France and Belgium, making the ultimate sacrifice for their country. In total, Canada would lose over 60,000 men in WWI.
In 2014, Canada marks the Centennial of World War I and 2015 will be the Centennial of the establishment of Camp Sarcee.
To learn more, take a look at the video here prepared by Phyllis Wheaton.
As part of the continuing effort to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, a group of Calgarians have formed a committee and a volunteer effort is underway to both celebrate and restore Battalion Park.
If you have an interest in participating, please email Simon here.