A group comforts one another during the emotional ceremony on Sept. 21. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Sylvan Lake News

A group comforts one another during the emotional ceremony on Sept. 21. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Sylvan Lake News

128 flags unfurled along Sylvan Lake waterfront

The sixth annual Flags of Remembrance ceremony was held in Centennial Park on Sept. 21.

Centennial Park along Sylvan Lake’s waterfront is once again lined by 128 Canadian flags.

The flags were unfurled at noon on Sept. 21 as part of the annual Flags of Remembrance ceremony.

Veterans Voices of Canada hosted the event here in Sylvan Lake, as well as events in Windsor, Ont. and Sydney, N.S., to honour the 128,000 members of the Canadian Armed Forces who have died.

Allan Cameron, Veterans Voices of Canada founder and Sylvan Lake event organizer, said this year’s ceremony went well, partially thanks to the good weather.

Lots of people turned out on Saturday to show their appreciation and support for veterans and first responders.

“We had a lot of people from all over Alberta and we actually had family members come from down in the States to be there to honour their veteran who had a plaque of honour,” said Cameron in a phone interview.

Alongside the friends, family members and supporters there were veterans who were able to make the trip to be there in person.

“The fact the guys and gals who are still with us, especially the WWII veterans, they come there and they see that we’re giving honour and tribute to them it’s just amazing to me and it’s so important,” explained Cameron. “It tells them that we’re not going to forget.”

The Flags of Remembrance Ceremony began six years ago and is a tradition Cameron is going to continue and grow.

Next year is the 15th anniversary of his organization, Veterans Voices of Canada, and he is aiming to have 15 communities across the country partake in the event for 2020.

There are also 128 Canadian flags lining Highway 11 between Sylvan Lake and Red Deer.

Cameron says to drive through them and understand their significance, but do not stop along the highway to take photos.

The flag’s original site was along the highway, and they will continue to be there year after year, but Cameron added a second set to Centennial Park to provide a safer spot to walk the line.

“If people are going to visit the site [to] walk the flag line and read those names, and that’s the important thing,” said Cameron. “That’s the idea of it, for people to remember by reading those names.”

He also asks that those at the site do not touch the plaques or the flags and be respectful of it.

“Everybody can enjoy it in the most respectful and honouring way,” added Cameron.

There is still a handful of honour plaques looking for sponsorship and those will be available on a first come first serve basis.


Follow Kaylyn Whibbs on Twitter

@kaylynwhibbs
kaylyn.whibbs@sylvanlakenews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

A veteran stands next to a Canadian Flag during the Flags of Remembrance ceremony hosted by Veterans Voices of Canada on Sept. 21. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Sylvan Lake News

A veteran stands next to a Canadian Flag during the Flags of Remembrance ceremony hosted by Veterans Voices of Canada on Sept. 21. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Sylvan Lake News

A man reaches to unfurl the flag along the line in Centennial Park on Sept. 21. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Sylvan Lake News

A man reaches to unfurl the flag along the line in Centennial Park on Sept. 21. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Sylvan Lake News

A line of Canadian Flags flap in the wind on Sept. 21. The line along the lakeshore features 128 flags honouring the 128,000 Canadians killed and missing in action. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Sylvan Lake News

A line of Canadian Flags flap in the wind on Sept. 21. The line along the lakeshore features 128 flags honouring the 128,000 Canadians killed and missing in action. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Sylvan Lake News

A family works together to unfurl one of the 128 Canadian flags along the lakeshore in Centennial Park. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Sylvan Lake News

A family works together to unfurl one of the 128 Canadian flags along the lakeshore in Centennial Park. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Sylvan Lake News

Just Posted

The City of Red Deer sits at 249 active cases of the virus, after hitting a peak of 565 active cases on Feb. 22. (Black Press file image)
Red Deer down to 119 active COVID-19 cases

Province identifies 179 new cases Saturday

Member Terry Parsons’ custom built track vehicle.
Forestburg’s Area 53 Racetrack gears up for action-packed season

Site will also host a portion of the ‘Miles of Mayhem’ event in July

File photo
Sylvan Lake NexSource Centre reopens Monday

As part of the provincial reopening plan, the recreation facility is able to open to the public

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

“They will never be forgotten, every child matters,” says Sioux Valley Chief Jennifer Bone in a video statement June 1. (Screen grab)
104 ‘potential graves’ detected at site of former residential school in Manitoba

Sioux Valley Dakota Nation working to identify, repatriate students buried near former Brandon residential school

Denmark’s Christian Eriksen receives medical attention after collapsing during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group B match between Denmark and Finland at Parken stadium in Copenhagen, Saturday, June 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool)
Christian Eriksen in stable condition, Euro 2020 match resumes

Eriksen was given chest compressions after collapsing on the field during a European Championship

As stories of the horrors of residential schools circulate after the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation announced it had located what are believed to be the remains of 215 children, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs said he feels a connection with the former students. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
2 sides of the same coin: Ex-foster kids identify with residential school survivors

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip says the child welfare system takes Indigenous children from their families

Airport ground crew offload a plane carrying just under 300,000 doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine which is developed by the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies at Pearson International Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
1st batch of Johnson & Johnson vaccines won’t be released in Canada over quality concerns

The vaccines were quarantined in April before they were distributed to provinces

Grade 12 students at Wetaskiwin Composite High School took place in the annual water fight off school property on June 11, 2021. Shaela Dansereau/ Pipestone Flyer.
Graduating students in Wetaskiwin throw water fight after being told it could result in suspension

Students were told their participation could result in them being barred from graduation ceremonies.

The arrest south of Winnipeg occurred before Bernier was to arrive at a protest in the city. (Twitter/Maxime Bernier)
Maxime Bernier arrested following anti-rules rallies in Manitoba: RCMP

He’s been charged with exceeding public gathering limits and violating Manitoba’s requirement to self-isolate

Most Read