VVoC seeking sponsors for Flags of Remembrance

The annual Flags of Remembrance ceremony is planned for Sept. 22.

The Flags of Remembrance ceremony from Veteran Voices of Canada is fast approaching with many flags still up for sponsorship.

Approximately 40 per cent of the 128 flags have been sponsored so far this year.

With the closing date for sponsorship just around the corner, Allan Cameron, founder of Veteran Voices of Canada (VVoC) would like to see more participants in this year’s tribute.

“It’s a shame if we can’t get each one of those honour plaques named as there will be bare flag poles if we don’t get them all sponsored,” Cameron said.

Sponsors will be treated to a private closing ceremony where they will be presented with a folded flag and their sponsored plaque.

Each flag in the ceremony can be sponsored by an individual or by a group with all participants receiving an honour plaque after the lowering of each flag.

Participating sponsors are asked to sponsor a flag in honour of a military or Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) veteran.

The plaque mounted with each flag can list the name of the veteran, the branch of the military or RCMP they served in, along with the service period, rank or other pertinent information.

“The Flags of Remembrance are another way to remember; with each veteran representing one thousand individuals, they actually become guardians of a thousand souls,” Cameron stated.

Funds raised by the Flags of Remembrance tribute are used by Cameron to fund the work of Veterans Documentation, an organization founded by Cameron to document the stories and experiences of Canadian veterans.

A portion of the funds will also be donated to a local charity.

The closing date for those wishing to register and sponsor a flag is Aug. 19.

Representing the 128,000 Canadians killed and missing in action since the Boer War, the VVoC Flags of Remembrance is a ceremony that pays tribute to the men and women who gave their lives throughout Canada’s history.

Founded in 2011 the Flags Of Remembrance pays tribute to the fallen by the simultaneous raising of a 128 flags, with each flag representing 1,000 individuals, in participating communities across Canada.

The flags will be raised during ceremony on Sept. 22, then lowered after Remembrance Day on Nov. 12.

For information regarding participation and sponsoring the Sylvan Lake Flags Of Remembrance veteran tribute, contact Cameron at 403-887-7114 or as@vetvoicecan.org

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