By Laura Keil
Inspired by the grad banners that hung on lampposts downtown last year, Peter Addis is hoping to start another tradition: hanging banners of local veterans in the lead-up to Remembrance Day each year.
“It’s something that’s close to my heart. We need to get this message across that we do have people in the Robson Valley that are veterans, that have changed their lives for the better of the country. I thought, what better way to remember these people than doing this?”
Addis himself was a front-line infantryman with the British Armed Forces for 14 Years. He was deployed to Bosnia in 1994 under the UN and a number of other places around the world on active duty.
He said people can sponsor a 30x60in banner for a relative or community member for $140 from a Canadian veteran-owned company. The banner will have a photograph of the veteran, name and service details. He said any veteran living in the Robson Valley or who used to live here is eligible to be part of the “Banners of Remembrance” project.
Addis hopes to have the banners up between mid-October and November 12th.
At their April 27th meeting, Council approved the Legion’s request to hang the banners during that time and to have public works hang the banners.