Vet­er­ans re­mem­bered with spe­cial ban­ners

Project has been very well re­ceived, says spokesper­son for ini­tia­tive

Tri-County Vanguard - - NEWS - KATHY JOHN­SON TRICOUNTY VAN­GUARD KATHY JOHN­SON PHOTO

Hearts are swelling with pride these days in the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Bar­ring­ton and the Town of Clark’s Har­bour as ban­ners hon­our­ing lo­cal vet­er­ans adorn power poles in the com­mu­nity.

A project ini­ti­ated by Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch #148, Clark’s Har­bour, a to­tal of 53 ban­ners have been made for fam­i­lies in mem­ory of and to hon­our vet­er­ans. Twenty-two ban­ners hang in Bar­ring­ton Pas­sage, 26 in Clark’s Har­bour, four in Woods Har­bour, with one at a res­i­dence in Dart­mouth. The ban­ners were hung on Nov. 1 by mu­nic­i­pal and town staff, as­sisted by vol­un­teers.

“My own thought to­day was that, if the vet­er­ans could all be here to see the ban­ners on the poles, they would all have tears in their eyes,” said le­gion mem­ber Lynne Atkin­son, who helped spear­head the project.

“When news of the ban­ner project spread through­out the com­mu­nity a few months ago, I re­ceived many pos­i­tive com­ments,” said Atkin­son. “Most peo­ple thought that the project Ban­ners hon­our­ing lo­cal vet­er­ans have been in­stalled in Bar­ring­ton Pas­sage and Woods Har­bour in the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Bar­ring­ton, and in the Town of Clarks Har­bour as part of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch #148 ban­ner project. A to­tal of 53 ban­ners were or­dered by vet­er­ans’ fam­i­lies this year, the first year for the project. The ban­ners will re­main on dis­play un­til af­ter Remembrance Day.

would be a very pop­u­lar one and that there would be many or­ders for ban­ners. Sev­eral peo­ple com­mented that it is a project that should have been un­der­taken

years ago and is an ex­cel­lent way to give the vet­er­ans the hon­our that they de­serve.

“Peo­ple have also re­ally been talk­ing about the var­i­ous vet­er­ans from this area and some of their wartime ex­pe­ri­ences. I re­ally en­joyed talk­ing with the fam­i­lies who or­dered ban­ners. They were very proud of their vet­eran,” Atkin­son added. “Many told me of wartime ex­pe­ri­ences that had been re­lated to them by the vet­er­ans. As part of my own ob­ser­va­tion, through dis­cus­sions with fam­ily mem­bers who have or­dered ban­ners, the fam­i­lies have wanted to find a way to hon­our their vet­er­ans and seemed to re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate this ban­ner project as a way of achiev­ing this.”

Since be­ing in­stalled the ban­ners have gen­er­ated a “great deal

of pos­i­tive talk” on so­cial me­dia, said Atkin­son.

“One com­ment that I no­ticed on Face­book was, ‘What an awe­some way to salute and re­mem­ber the true he­roes of this coun­try.’”

Atkin­son said she also re­ceived an email from some­one who said the ban­ners “gave her goose­bumps as she drove through the Pas­sage,” and that they were “a won­der­ful trib­ute to our home­town he­roes.”

Atkin­son said the le­gion plans to take or­ders for more ban­ners next year, adding there have al­ready been sev­eral re­quests for or­der forms to pur­chase ban­ners next year.

“New or­ders won’t be taken un­til then,” she said.

Atkin­son said there were a number of ban­ners or­dered for vet­er­ans of the First World War, but most were for vet­er­ans of the Sec­ond World War. Ban­ner or­ders also in­cluded some for vet­er­ans who served in the U.S. Navy and one ban­ner for a First World War vet­eran who served for Eng­land. Most ban­ners or­dered were to hon­our de­ceased vet­er­ans.

The Clark’s Har­bour El­e­men­tary School or­dered a ban­ner that “hon­ours all vet­er­ans.”

The ban­ners will re­main on dis­play un­til af­ter Remembrance Day.

KATHY JOHN­SON PHOTO

One of the four ban­ners in Woods Har­bour rec­og­niz­ing vet­er­ans from the com­mu­nity.

CON­TRIB­UTED

A ban­ner rec­og­niz­ing a lo­cal vet­eran is in­stalled in Clark’s Har­bour.

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