Ban­ner project to hon­our veter­ans kicks off

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

The Drumheller Le­gion, the Drumheller Ge­neal­ogy Club, and the Town are hop­ing to line the streets with mem­o­ries of those who paid the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice in war.

These groups are work­ing to­gether on the Salute a Vet­eran Re­mem­brance Project. They are get­ting ban­ners de­signed to hang from the town light posts hon­our­ing lo­cal veter­ans lead­ing up to Re­mem­brance Day.

Deb­bie La­plante, a long time Le­gion and Ge­neal­ogy Club mem­ber, ex­plains they are look­ing for spon­sors to have these lo­cally sourced ban­ners made and dis­played. Ac­cord­ing to a re­lease, “the out­come would re­sult in a vis­ual re­minder hon­our­ing the ser­vice and sac­ri­fices made by our Veter­ans and their fam­i­lies.”

She ex­plains the project orig­i­nated in Har­ris­ton, On­tario and spread to about a half a dozen com­mu­ni­ties in Eastern Canada. The only other com­mu­ni­ties in Western Canada that have un­der­taken the project are In­ver­mere and Swift Cur­rent.

The ban­ners will fea­ture an im­age of a vet­eran, their name, the con­flict they served in, the branch of the mil­i­tary and the spon­sor’s name. They mea­sure 51X24 inches, and the town has agreed to hang the ban­ners down­town.

They are plan­ning to hang the ban­ners on Oc­to­ber 1, and take them down af­ter Re­mem­brance Day. La­plante says this will pro­mote aware­ness of Re­mem­brance Day, and the ser­vice of our veter­ans. She adds it is fit­ting to do the project now as next year will be the cen­ten­nial of the end of World War I, and the cre­ation of Re­mem­brance Day and Le­gions are part of its legacy.

The cost to spon­sors for the ban­ners is es­ti­mated to be about $200 and ap­pli­ca­tions can be picked up at the Le­gion and var­i­ous busi­nesses through­out Drumheller. La­plante en­vi­sions the ban­ners to line Cen­tre Street and Veter­ans Way and hopes they will have 20 this sea­son, with an eye to in­creas­ing the count each year.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact the Le­gion at 403-8235611.

Deb­bie La­plante and Betty Man­ning of the Drumheller Ge­neal­ogy Club are work­ing on the Salute a Vet­eran Re­mem­brance Project.

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