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Veterans Voices of Canada Flags of Remembrance 2018
September 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
The 5th Annual Cross Canada Veterans Voices of Canada Flags of Remembrance takes place across Canada and for the second time in Windsor at Assumption Park on Saturday, September 22, 2018.
Every year, 128 Canadian flags are erected along major roadways and highly visible locations in participating communities, representing the 128,000 Canadians killed and missing in action.
This includes the 116,000 Canadian soldiers lost in armed conflict from the Boer War to the present, as well as the 12,000 soldiers Missing in Action. In addition, the ceremony also honours 234 officers with the RCMP and its predecessor the Northwest Mounted Police, who have died in the line of duty.
Each flag is accompanied by a sponsored “Hero plaque”. It recognizes and honours individual Veterans past or currently serving, and is a tribute from family, friends and other caring people.
This initiative is designed to pay tribute to the men and women of our Armed Forces and Veterans in a visually stunning display of patriotism.
The flags and plaques are raised on the first Saturday in October each year (it happens a little earlier this year) and are taken down after Remembrance Day. In 2017, the closing ceremonies will be held on November 24th at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 255 in Riverside at 11am. A key factor to making this tribute unique is how all flags are raised from coast to coast at the same moment, unifying all Veterans Voices of Canada Chapter locations, tributes and participating Canadians.
This annual, national event also serves as Veterans Voices of Canada’s primary fundraiser. All monies raised through the VVOC Flags of Remembrance is used to fulfill the mandate of the VVOC organization: interviewing Veterans, transcribing interviews, donating produced interviews to educational institutions across Canada and helping local organizations plan and manage their VVOC Flags of Remembrance celebrations.
Opening ceremonies in Windsor kick off at 1:15pm on September 22nd at Assumption Park and is open to the public.
For more information or to sponsor a flag please visit the Veterans Voices of Canada Flags of Remembrance Windsor Chapter Facebook Page.