If you’ve made the drive on Highway 11 between Red Deer and Sylvan Lake at this time of year, you’ve likely noticed the flags of remembrance that are put up to honour our veterans.
There are 128 flags, one for every thousand Canadians killed or missing in action while in battle. Plaques also bear specific names of people who want to pay tribute to loved ones.
Veterans Voices Executive Director Al Cameron said he was disappointed to learn that a flagpole and plaque had been vandalized earlier this week.
“We’re better than this, if you want to talk to us about what we’re doing, talk to us, don’t come and vandalize and victimize the tribute site.”
One of the flagpoles had been torn down and thrown in the ditch, the plaque taken down as well. Cameron said there’s a personal connection to each of those flags.
“All of those flags represent my family as well. You’re disrespecting a lot of people, including myself. I don’t take too kindly to that, I mean, this is my family you’re disrespecting here as well as our veterans.”
There are several other tributes like this across the country. They’ll remain up until after Remembrance Day. (kdr)