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In honor of the sacrifices made by many, the Veterans of Canada Flag of Remembrance Ceremony was held on September 24 at the Pentagon Farm Center in Lacombe.

“Having the public and the Legion – who are organizing this event for Voice of Veterans Canada – here is really special,” said Kathy Hobbs, former chair of the executive of Lacombe Branch 79 of the Royal Canadian Legion.

“The Canadian flag represents what our soldiers fought for. And to come here on a beautiful day like today and deploy them to let them fly for six weeks is the most moving sight we can offer in memory of those sacrifices,” she said, adding that the Pentagon Farm Center is sponsoring the event while the local Legion is hosting it.

All of this was of course led by Veterans Voice of Canada.

“We are arranging all flag sponsorships of which there are still 36 that we have (available) for sponsorship,” she explained.

A total of 128 flags were installed along the highway. 12 across from the Pentagon Farm Center.

They stay until November 12.

Also present at the September 24 ceremony were Blackfalds RCMP Detachment, Lacombe Town Police Dean Shingoose, who is a Knowledge Keeper and Cultural Advisor to the Treaty 4 community; Lacombe Mayor Grant Creasey, County Reeve Barb Shepherd, among other dignitaries.

Hobb said that as a member of the Legion, she is very aware of the contributions and sacrifices of Indigenous soldiers during World War II.

“Many have never been recognized and I see this as a chance for Lacombe to honor them as we strive to recognize all who have served. The other part, for me, is personal – my husband is mixed race and exposing both of us more to his heritage and culture leads to a better understanding of the way of life of his ancestors.

Hobbs said this was the second year Lacombe had hosted the ceremony for Veterans Voice of Canada.

Joe Sampson, first vice-president of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #79 in Lacombe, said the event is a great start to the Remembrance Day season.

“Each flag here represents 1,000 souls – starting with the Boer War and all the wars we’ve had – in which Canada participated.

“So we lost about 128,000 Canadians. It’s a great way to remember them. Every flag you see – most of them have been sponsored by individuals and businesses in the Lacombe area,” he explained.

The flags as well as the plaques of honor are finally given to the sponsor concerned.

As for the September 24 ceremony (one of which is taking place at Sylvan Lake), he said a total of four ceremonies were to take place at the same time across Canada.

“Here in Alberta we start flying the flags at noon, and in Ontario they start flying theirs at 10 a.m. So we have the same timing – everyone follows the same setup. We also read the names of everyone who was honored today.

As mentioned, if anyone is interested in sponsoring any of the remaining flags, they can call the Legion office at 403-782-6441.

For Hobbs, this season which of course culminates in Remembrance Day is absolutely vital – but of course the mission of encouraging citizens to remember the sacrifices made in our name must be recognized throughout the year.

“It was a perfect day. I can’t get enough of seeing our Canadian flags flying freely,” she said. “It’s such a visual reminder of our proud country and how lucky we are to live here.”

For more information, visit www.lacombelegion.com.


The Red Deer & District Pipe Band participated in the Veterans of Canada Flag of Remembrance Ceremony on September 24 at the Pentagon Farm Centre. Mark Weber/Lacombe Express

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Dean Shingoose, who is a Knowledge Keeper and Cultural Advisor to the Indigenous community, participated in the Veterans of Canada Remembrance Flag Ceremony at the Pentagon Farm Centre. Mark Weber/Lacombe Express

Joe Sampson, First Vice-President of Lacombe Branch #79 of the Royal Canadian Legion, spoke at the ceremony.  Mark Weber/Lacombe Express

Joe Sampson, First Vice-President of Lacombe Branch #79 of the Royal Canadian Legion, spoke at the ceremony. Mark Weber/Lacombe Express