Flags of Remembrance veterans’ tribute goes coast to coast

Flags to be raised from P.E.I. to B.C. at same moment on Oct. 7

An image of the Sylvan Lake Flags of Remembrance site, shared on Twitter

Flags of Remembrance — like those commemorating Canadian veterans at a Hwy 11 site near Sylvan Lake — will be flown across the country this year.

New Veterans Voices of Canada tribute flag sites are being established in 15 more communities — from Prince Edward Island to British Columbia.

This means highways in seven other provinces will be lined with a total of 128 full-sized flags, said the group’s executive-director, Allan Cameron.

On this year’s chosen memorial day of Oct. 7, flags will be raised in: Charlottetown, P.E.I., Antigonish and Sydney, N.S., Moncton, N.B., Kingston, Ottawa and Windsor, Ont., Beausejour, Man., Moose Jaw, Sask., Edson, Ponoka, Whitecourt and the original site of Sylvan Lake in Alberta, and Lilooet, Richmond and Vernon in B.C.

Cameron said the “cool factor” is that all these flags will be raised, one by one, at the same moment across Canada: “A truly and amazing sight to behold and to be a part of!”

Veterans Voices is paying tribute to the 128,000 Canadian service personnel who were killed or are missing in action.

The group is taking sponsorships from anyone who wants to honour a veteran hero. The heroes’ names will be added to plaques at the sites. The honoured veterans can be currently serving, or past members of any Canadian Forces branch, including RCMP members who toured with the United Nations. Any living or deceased service personnel can be commemorated.

“Be part of our spectacular and emotional (ceremony) while giving tribute to your hero,” said Cameron, who’s grateful for public support.

For more information, please contact flagsnatl@vetvoicecan.org. The deadline for 2017 sponsorships is Aug.19.

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