Darryn Blondheim of Sylvan Lake presents a $500 cheque to Allan Cameron of Veterans Voices of Canada

Darryn Blondheim of Sylvan Lake presents a $500 cheque to Allan Cameron of Veterans Voices of Canada

Flag tribute to adorn area highway starting next month

This fall will see an amazing tribute by Veterans Voices of Canada to our military heroes of Canada.

  • Sep. 4, 2014 10:00 a.m.

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This fall will see an amazing tribute by Veterans Voices of Canada to our military heroes of Canada. This year, it will begin in Central Alberta, and we will go on next year to have the same tribute in each province across Canada.

On Oct. 25, Veterans Voices of Canada will begin the placing of the first of 115 Canadian Flags of Remembrance, each representing 1000 Canadian fallen soldiers from 1900 to 2014. These particular flags will begin to be placed along the side of Highway 11, just east of the Highway 20 Sylvan Lake intersection. It should extend a quarter kilometre or so, making a very impressive sight.

Each flag can be sponsored by anyone who wants to give tribute. This can be family, an individual or business, or someone who just wants to give tribute to any veteran of their choice. The service person can be living or deceased.

This firstly will be an amazing tribute to the fallen of Canada’s military services, and secondly will be an all-important campaign for Veterans Voices of Canada to help continue what it does best, which is honouring our veterans, old and young, through on-camera documentation of our Canadian military veterans for history and education. For each flag, we are asking for a minimum donation of $200. If successful, this would raise $20,000 for our organization. First come, first served basis.

This tribute to our serving and fallen will begin to build at noon on Saturday, Oct. 25, with the flags sponsored at that point. We will continue to add flags as they are sponsored until we reach 115 flags. Flags will remain in place until Nov. 11, where the sponsor will be present when it is taken down, and their flag and commemorative plaque will be handed over to them as a keepsake. This will be a ceremony with last post played as well.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Allan Cameron at 403-887-7114 or ac@vetvoicecan.org, or Darryn Blondheim at 403-505-9281 or dblondheim@telus.net.

Help us make this a successful and amazing tribute to our veterans!9