Valour Remembered, 1999

The second of two large murals downtown by self-taught local artist Joseph Cross, Valour Remembered commemorates the contributions and sacrifices of local veterans. Vibrant poppies flank images of infantry, artillery, aircraft, nurses, the Canadian Vimy memorial, the beaches of Normandy, soldiers in Korea, and contemporary peacekeeping forces. Cross worked from images provided by the commissioning Cranbrook Royal Canadian Legion and by historian Skip Fennessy. 

Originally done in house paints -- the best paint available at the time -- the mural has been recoated with specially engineered mural paint. Cross' work can be seen elsewhere in Cranbrook (College of the Rockies, Steeples School); he's also known for his ambitious series of paintings depicting the epic life and times of explorers David Thompson and Charlotte Small.