LETHBRIDGE -- Not only will there be an official Remembrance Week Nov. 5-11, the temporary renaming of 4 Ave. S. as Veteran’s Avenue, Tag Day to be held on Oct. 27, the poppy flag raising at city hall, and a ceremony at the city’s cenotaph Nov. 11, but there will be a new way to honour those who served their country past and present.
At Monday’s meeting, a suggestion was also made by Councillor Rob Miyashiro to Michael Cormican, President of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 4, to light up City Hall to honour Canada’s veterans.
“Would you consider lighting city hall in red for the weekend of November 11?”
Cormican told council the Remembrance Day committee, made of local members of the army, navy and air force had never considered the idea, but that he would take it upon himself to say the committee would indeed be interested in the idea.
“Anything that helps highlight the day is welcome,” he told Miyashiro.
City Manager Bramwell Strain told council that it would not be an issue to light city hall in red that weekend.
“We would gladly proactively approve the lighting request in honour of the men and women who have served.”
Cormican said it was a fantastic idea.
“It’s great. It’s very in keeping…in fact, at our convention this year in Winnipeg, they were using a kind of rotating red poppies [sic]. They did it on parliament hill last year and it’s most appropriate.”
He says this year it will also help accent Remembrance Day this year, which will be the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
The recommendations were received by council and unanimously approved.
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