Calgary will honour its fallen soldiers with a new memorial, which had an official ground-breaking Saturday.

Mayor Dave Bronconnier and Col. T.M. Putt, commander of 41 Brigade Group, used a military trenching tool to break the ceremonial ground for the various public spaces that will list more than 3,000 soldiers who have died defending Canada.

The memorial, scheduled for completion next fall, will encompass all army reserve units based in Calgary: The King’s Own Calgary Regiment; 41 Combat Engineer Regiment; 746 (Calgary) Communications Squadron; 14 (Calgary) Service Battalion; and 15 Field Ambulance, Detachment Calgary.