District workers in Invermere hang veterans’ banners in the town. (Black Press Media file photo)

District workers in Invermere hang veterans’ banners in the town. (Black Press Media file photo)

Village mulls veterans banner bid

The Village of Burns Lake is examining options for putting up Remembrance Day banners to honour local veterans.

The village council agreed at its Nov. 13 meeting to have staff research the costs for the project.

Other communities across Canada, including some in Ontario and Invermere in the Columbia Valley have rolled out the project.

READ MORE: Veteran banner program expands

Each banner consists of a large image of the veteran along with such information as his or her name, hometown and which war the veteran served in.

Chief Administrative Officer Sheryl Worthing told the council that the project would involve a lot of work, such as sourcing the photos, deciding whose image should go up and the cost of the actual banners.

Since there could be dozens of photos of veterans, Worthing estimated that it would cost around $20,000 in total to make all of the banners.

If Burns Lake goes ahead with the banners at a future date, they could be hung from poles around the village in mid-October and then taken down after Remembrance Day, Worthing added.

Down south in Invermere, 2019 was the third year that the local Royal Canadian Legion has put up the veterans banners, as Jerry Meadows, Poppy Remembrance Chair at the legion, told Lakes District News.

Invermere hung up 52 two-sided banners featuring 101 veterans this year. One of the banners is dedicated to the unknown soldier and has no image.

For most of the banners the veterans’ families provided the photos and writeups, and paid $150, Meadows said. A local print shop put the images and text on the banners, which are made of plasticized canvas. One completed, two-sided banner costs $300.

“The Legion has paid for some expenses, like First Nations veterans sponsorship. We raised some funds to make modification to our posts around town,” Meadows added.

The public response to the project has been very positive.

“Every tourist that comes to town says how fantastic it is. I had four people in on Saturday from Chilliwack and took 20 pictures and said they were going back to their legion to talk to them [about starting their own program],” Meadows explained.

Invermere resident Elinor Florence first brought the banner idea to the community after seeing it in Whitby, Ontario.

LOOK BACK: Honour Our Veterans Banners Take Flight!

Blair McBride
Multimedia reporter
Send Blair an email
Like Lakes District News on Facebook

Just Posted

Grad 2021 parade through the village. (Priyanka Ketkar photo/Lakes District News)
VIDEO: LDSS graduation 2021 parade in Burns Lake

Lakes District Secondary School (LDSS) in Burns Lake had a graduation parade… Continue reading

First farmer's market Burns Lake 2021. (Priyanka Ketkar photo/Lakes District News)
Community Market 2021 begins in Burns Lake

Burns Lake & District Chamber of Commerce’s community market, which has received… Continue reading

Garden woodchips. (Priyanka Ketkar photo/Lakes District News)
Greenhouse progress in Burns Lake

The Burns Lake Community Garden have a huge pile of woodchips, rough… Continue reading

The Beacon Theatre roof project will ensure the theatre’s roof can handle the snow loads and stay open during winter months. (Priyanka Ketkar photo/Lakes District News)
Roof replacement for Beacon Theatre begins

Theatre to remain closed until August

A small pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins pass by close to shore in Campbell River June 16, 2021. Still capture from video courtesy of Kimberly Hart
VIDEO: Dolphin sunset captured from Vancouver Island shore

Spectacular setting for view of travelling pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins

Police are asking for public assistance in locating Anthony Graham who has been charged with the murders of Kamloops brothers Carlo and Erick Fryer. (RCMP photo)
2 charged, suspect at large in killings of B.C. brothers linked to gang activity: RCMP

Kamloops brothers Erick and Carlo Fryer were found deceased in May on a remote Okanagan road

Albert Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney unveil an opening sign after speaking about the Open for Summer Plan and next steps in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta 1st province in Canada to lift all COVID-19 public health restrictions

70.2% of eligible citizens 12 and older in the province have received a dose of the vaccine

Fraser Health registered nurse Ramn Manan draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Honour our fathers’ with COVID-19 vaccine protection, B.C. urges

109 new cases Friday, 75 per cent of 12 and up immunized

(Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Trutch Avenue in Chilliwack to be renamed to remove racist taint

New name to have Indigenous significance as Chilliwack takes new step toward reconciliation

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seen during a joint news conference following the EU-Canada Summit, in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday June 15, 2021. Trudeau says Canada is on track now to have 68 million doses delivered by the end of July, which is more than enough to fully vaccinate all 33.2 million Canadians over the age of 12. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Vaccine deliveries enough to fully vaccinate all eligible Canadians by end of July

Three in four eligible Canadians now have their first dose, nearly one in five fully vaccinated.

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam listens to a question during a news conference, in Ottawa, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases attributed to the highly contagious Delta variant grew in Canada this week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s public health agency reports spike in confirmed cases of Delta variant

More than 2,000 cases of the variant confirmed across all 10 provinces and in one territory

Bella Bella is on B.C.’s Central Coast, accessible only by air and ocean. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
B.C. provides $22 million for Heiltsuk development on Central Coast

Elders care home project, tourism, lumber mill supported

The federal government says it wants to ban most flavoured vaping products in a bid to reduce their appeal to youth. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Craig Mitchelldyer
Health Canada proposes ban on most vaping flavours it says appeal to youth

If implemented, the regulations would restrict all e-cigarette flavours except tobacco, mint and menthol

Most Read