The flags are folded are returned to those wthat sponsor them. Many are made into tributes and some remain on display in the Legion. (Christi Albers-Manicke/LACOMBE EXPRESS)

The flags are folded are returned to those wthat sponsor them. Many are made into tributes and some remain on display in the Legion. (Christi Albers-Manicke/LACOMBE EXPRESS)

Lacombe Flags of Remembrance donation

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 79 in Lacombe made a donation towards the 2022 Flags of Remembrance campaign.

On Feb. 4, 2022 Arnie MacAskill, Joe Sampson, Ed Pangle and Dwight Baird presented Al Cameron, founder of Veterans Voices of Canada (VVOC) with a cheque for $3,500 for the Flags of Remembrance.

In 2021 the Legion participated in the Flags of Remembrance tribute initiative. It was their second year and they found community support for all 128 Plaques of Honour.

Each year in six communities across Canada, 128 flags are raised in tribute of the 128,000 Canadian military and first responders killed and missing in action from the Boer War to current missions.

Each year, ceremonies in each of the tribute communities across Canada take place on Sept. 10 to raise the flags and unveil the plagues and then again two months later on Nov. 12 when the flags are lowered and removed. Those who have sponsored a flag can then pick them up from their local Legion.

Some choose to create shadow boxes and other tributes with the flags and keep them but a few are on display in the Lacombe Legion.

Overall $19,816 was donated to the Legion in 2021.

VVOC recently released their 2022 Flags of Remembrance vide. For more information about tributes can be found at vetvoicecan.org.

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