This past Oct. 25 saw 116 Veterans Voices of Canada/Flags of Remembrance flags raised on Hwy 11 near Sylvan Lake.
It was an amazingly successful initiative to give honour, tribute and remembrance to our almost 116,000 Canadian war dead and unknown missing in action.
On Nov. 14, the flags came down and on Nov. 15, a ceremony was conducted at H.J. Cody High School in Sylvan Lake, where Veterans Voices of Canada presented the sponsored Honour Plaques and flags to their sponsors. It was very emotional to see the effect the flags had while they were flying, as well as the emotion that came forth during the closing ceremony.
Apologies if we miss anyone here, there are so many to thank! Special thanks to sponsors Blue Grass Sod Farm who allowed us the use of their field, Rona Lakeside Building Centre, The Paint Stop Sylvan Lake who sponsored our flag poles. Thanks to Greenwave Laser Engravers Blackfalds for sponsoring and building the Honour Plaques, Sir Lancelot Signs Sylvan Lake for sponsoring all of our signage and Rob Hislop Photography Edmonton and Sherry Scodopole for being our official/non official photographers. We also would like to thank the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 212 Sylvan Lake Colour Party, the Red Deer Legion Pipe Band, the Innisfail Legion Pipe Band, trumpeters Todd Gow and Les Vidok, guitarist Rick Moore, 126 Red Deer Canadian Sea Cadets Corps, Fortis Alberta, as well as those MLAs, MPs and senators across Canada who supplied the flags for this initiative, several who sponsored Honour Plaques. They would be MLAs Steve Young, Rod Fox, Kerry Towle, Dave Hancock, Gene Zwozdesky, Mary Anne Jablonski, Bridget Pastor, Janice Sarich, and Ken Lemke. Thank you to MPs Blaine Calkins, MP, Leon Benoit, Laurie Hawn, and Earl Dreeshan. Thank you also goes to Senators Scott Tannas, Terry Mercer, Fabian Manning, Michel Rivard, Anne Cools and Douglas H. Black.
Thank you to those businesses from the Central Alberta area, as well as all individuals from across Canada who sponsored Honour Plaques and flags. Also, a huge thank you to my Veterans Voices of Canada team, who include Daryn Blondheim, Eric and Doris Ptolemy, Deb Purkiss, Erin Taylor, Carolyn Vidok, plus the many, many more amazing volunteers.
Without the assistance of these and many more amazing people and businesses, the Veterans Voices of Canada/Flags of Remembrance could not have been as big a success as it was. We met and spoke to many people who either knew a military hero, had a military hero in their family or just wanted to be there at the Flags of Remembrance location to feel what the Honour Plaques and flags represented.
You will again see another amazing year for Veterans of Voices of Canada and Flags of Remembrance, and hope that you all be a part of this tribute in 2015.
This all said, it will be bigger and better this year. We are now accepting sponsorship requests from those of you, business or individuals, who would like to help us honour a hero or donate to this cause.
If you would like to secure an Honour Plaque and honour your hero for our next Flags of Remembrance, please send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 403-887-7114. You can also visit our website at www.vetvoicecan.org.
On behalf of all at Veterans Voices of Canada, I thank you all for your support. I look forward to your support this year. Please everyone, thank a veteran!
Veterans Voices Canada