Langley Township Councillor leads Day of Honour

This Friday, local dignitaries will gather at a Langley park as part of a national effort to honour those who served, and those who died, during the 12-year war in Afghanistan.

A national day of remembrance, dubbed a National Day of Honour, is being held on May 9.

The day is to remember the fallen, as well as serving and veteran military members and their families.

In Langley, Township Councillor Steve Ferguson is organizing two events to take place at the Walk for the Fallen memorial in the Derek Doubleday Arboretum.

Just before 9 a.m. on Friday, Ferguson will be raising a Peace Tower flag in the park.

At 7 p.m. in the evening, there will be an informal get together in the park that will include a number of locals official, such as Ferguson.

MP Mark Warawa hopes to attend as well.

The Walk for the Fallen is a creation of two young Langley residents, and became the first cenotaph in Canada dedicated specifically to the war dead in Afghanistan.

A tree trunk ringed with a steel band, it bears the names of the 158 soldiers and four civilians killed during the conflict.

To reach the cenotaph, visitors pass by trees planted in memory of the war dead.

Elizabeth and Michael Pratt, siblings from the area, created the concept and then fundraised and gathered support from governments to make it a reality over the last several years.

“Our men and women in uniform represent the very best our country has to offer,” continued Warawa. “Over the last 12 years the brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces fought and served this country valiantly in Afghanistan to defeat terrorism, and to promote security and development so that Afghans can build a viable, stable, and secure country. Canadians are forever proud and grateful. May we never forget their brave and selfless service.”

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