Local students and volunteer archivist, Iris S. dug through the archives at Crescent Heights High School in Calgary, Alberta in hopes of bringing back the memory of the fallen heroes and Alumni of Crescent Heights. Pictured is Mike Wilson, Principal and Warrant Officer Glenn Miller standing proudly before the new memorial wall.
Iris is quoted as saying:
Outside the Main Office of Crescent Heights High School is a World War II Memorial which honours Crescent Students who fought inb the war. It is titled
“Crescent Heights High School Students Who Served in the Second World War”
“The Torch They Nobly Held Aloft That Freedom Still Might Give”
The middle panel of the Memorial has the name of 88 servicemen who gave their lives, including well known figures such as William Lidstone McKnight.
The Memorial was created by the Girl’s Association War Service Records Committee. This group was very active firing the war, keeping records of where the servicemen were deployed, sending them Christmas newsletters and Crescent Bugle yearbooks, and answering servicemen letters. In 1946 the committee organized a Welcome Home Night and then with the help of the student body and the Calgary Board of Education funded the WWII Memorial which you see in the picture.
The staff and volunteers of the Canadian Fallen Heroes Foundation who like to express their eternal gratitude to the team at Crescent Heights High School for showing Remembrance in Action and allowing Canada’s younger generation learn the value of remembrance.
For more information on the project and how you can help, please visit the Support section of our website.