Flags of Remembrance in Sylvan Lake

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Flags of Remembrance in Sylvan Lake

The list on the hero plaques of those lost in battle were read aloud, a moment of silence was observed and "Last Post" and "Reveille" were played by a veteran bugler.

Each flag represents 1,000 fallen soldiers, local organizer Terri Davis-Fitzpatrick explained to the crowd assembled in Assumption Park the shadow of the Ambassador Bridge.

Robert Papak, who served in 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, fires and reloads a cannon during Veterans Voices of Canada Flags of Remembrance ceremony at Assumption Park on October 7, 2017. It featured the Red Deer Legion Pipe and Drum Band leading a procession, guest speakers such as Mayor Sean McIntyre, Retired Master Corporal Paul Franklin and Founding Executive Director of Veterans Voices of Canada and Flags of Remembrance, Al Cameron.

"As tough of a guy as I think I am, when I see that it just hits me".

There were 12 Flags of Remembrance events nationwide - the first one was held in Sylvan Lake in 2014.

"This is where it started, this is where all the original support for it started ... and (the event) is growing and I'm so happy with it. I'm really proud of what's going on here", said Cameron.

"I've seen pictures from the events from across Canada and it's being received very well". "It brings this one day of Remembrance Day and stretches it out into a season of remembrance and a season of honour for those who have served and given the ultimate sacrifice".

"It's incredible to be a part of", said McIntyre.

"We plan many more communities to be part [of the events] in the future, with at least one of our sites in each province and territory", Cameron wrote in an email. "I can't ask for much more than this", he said.

He added he hopes that people will take the time to thank veterans when they see them on the street. "I hope that everyone walks away with a better appreciation for our service people".

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