Flags of Remembrance in Sylvan Lake

By Sheldon Spackman
October 7, 2017 - 5:04pm Updated: October 10, 2017 - 8:49am

Veterans Voices of Canada held its annual Flags of Remembrance ceremony in Sylvan Lake on Saturday.

First held in 2014, the event aims to honour, remember and pay tribute to the 128,000 Canadian Military, RCMP, First Responders and Emergency Services personnel that have been killed or are missing in action.

The event at Centennial Park in Sylvan Lake was attended by roughly 150 people on a cold and blustery day and was held in conjunction with 11 other communities across the country. It featured the Red Deer Legion Pipe and Drum Band leading a procession, guest speakers such as Mayor Sean McIntyre, Retired Master Corporal Paul Franklin and Founding Executive Director of Veterans Voices of Canada and Flags of Remembrance, Al Cameron.

Volunteers also stepped forward to man all 128 Canadian flags that were part of the ceremony and represent the 128,000 service men and women who’ve paid the ultimate price for our country.

A flyover by a pair of vintage aircraft -- Yellow Thunder -- was also part of the day’s ceremony.

Leading up to the event, people had the chance to sponsor a flag and accompanying hero plaque, with proceeds going towards supporting our military veterans.

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