Legion invites community to Flags of Remembrance ceremony

Canadian flags, representing individuals who sacrificed their lives, will be held high in a ceremony across five Canadian communities.

Canadian flags, representing the individuals who sacrificed their lives for the country, will be held high in a ceremony that is spanning five communities across Canada.

The Ponoka Legion is inviting town and area residents to join their ceremony set for Saturday, Oct. 17 at 11:30 where more than 100 flags will go up in honour of fallen soldiers. The flags go up in front of Fort Ostell Museum at the same time that Sylvan Lake; Okanagan, B.C.; Kingston, Ont. and Charlottetown, PEI put up their flags.

Each flag represents 1,000 soldiers who died for Canada’s freedom, said organizer Stan Orlesky. “We ask that all who are able please come out and help us show these 128,000 military personnel that they will never be forgotten,” said Orlesky.

He added that members of the legion feel remembrance should be an ongoing event and it was seen this year with decoration day, the candlelight tribute, this year’s Flags of Remembrance and Remembrance Day itself. “It’s a fall of remembrance,” he said.

The goal for the legion with the Flags of Remembrance ceremony is to bring as many area residents as possible to the event. Orlesky says community leaders and groups are also invited to the event.

“This will allow us to share with the community and have the community remember,” said Orlesky.