Our Sylvan Lake, Alberta closing ceremony 2017 is postponed. Sponsors will be contacted via email with more information in the next several weeks. Everything for our 2018 and beyond event will continue as regularly planned. Thank you for your past and continued support of not only our tribute initiative, but for honouring and giving tribute to our service men and women,past and present
Our VVOC – Flags of Remembrance is the brainchild of VVOC Founding Executive Director, Allan Cameron. 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. Every year at our opening ceremony, 128 full size, official Canadian flags are raised along major roadways and other highly visible locations in participating communities. These flags represent the 128,000 Canadians killed and missing in action. Approximately 116,000 Canadians in armed conflict from the Boer War to the present, as well as the approximately 12,000 soldiers missing in action. In addition, a total of 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.
A key factor to making our tribute unique is how all flags are raised from coast to coast at the same moment, unifying all branch locations, tributes and participating Canadians.
The flags and plaques are taken down after Remembrance Day. The closing ceremonies will be held on a date to be announced here and other social media outlets. These will again occur on the same day at each of our tribute communities across Canada.
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 and on camera documentation of our Veterans, donating produced interviews to educational institutions across Canada,as well as helping our community partners or representatives plan and manage our VVOC – Flags of Remembrance celebrations in that community. Funds will also be used for other Veterans Voices of Canada tributes and Veteran support initiatives.
Thank you everyone for giving tribute to our Veterans past and present as well as your continued support of Veterans Voices of Canada!