Veterans Voices of Canada to raise flags in commemoration of veterans

Veterans Voices of Canada will raise 115 flags along Highway 11 in a ceremony commemorating Canadian veterans Oct. 25.

Veterans Voices of Canada will raise 115 flags along Highway 11 in a ceremony commemorating Canadian veterans Oct. 25.

The flags and plaques will stand on a fence near the Highway 20 intersection, extending a quarter of a kilometre. Each will represent soldiers who died between 1900 and 2014.

The Red Deer Legion Pipe Band and the Sylvan Lake Honour Guard will be in attendance, and will be joined by veterans and local cadets.

“It will be an amazing tribute to our veterans in general,” said Allan Cameron, Veterans Voices of Canada executive director. “When the flags are set up you will be able to walk into the fields and read the names on the plaques.”

Sylvan Lake’s youth have participated by sponsoring flags to honour veterans, and the opportunity to become a sponsor still remains.

A minimum $200 donation is required.

“The flags have been sent to us by MLAs, MPs and senators across Canada,” Cameron said. “Each flag can be sponsored by anyone wanting to pay tribute to a veteran of their choice.”

Flags will remain in place until Nov. 15.

Deadline for sponsorship is Nov. 12. For more information, contact Cameron at 403-887-7114 or at ac@vetcoicecan.org.