Vandals strike Veterans Voices memorial near Sylvan Lake

A flag and memorial plaque torn down at Flags of Remembrance site

Vandals struck a Central Alberta site that pays tribute to war veterans just weeks before Remembrance Day.

Allan Cameron, of Veterans Voices of Canada, was upset to find that a flag pole, flag and memorial plaque had been pulled down at the Flags of Remembrance site along Hwy 11, near Sylvan Lake last week.

“Yeah, I’m kind of choked,” said Cameron, who investigated after one of his committee members made him aware one of the flagpoles was down. He discovered the pole in the ditch without a flag on it.

The flag had just been “tossed aside,” said Cameron on a video he posted to Facebook on Oct. 26. He also discovered one of the memorial plaques in the ditch.

Cameron called it “disappointing,” saying the vandal(s) totally disrespected the meaning of the memorial, as well as all the volunteers who helped develop it.

“I don’t get this… we can do better than this,” said Cameron, who wonders if more security measures should be taken, as were implemented after a similar vandalism in Kingston, Ont.

The public posted comments such as “disgusting” and “disrespectful” next to his video about the vandalism.

Cameron is reporting the incident to the RCMP.

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