Photos sought for Remembrance campaign

Many of Summerland’s fallen soldiers are featured on a series of street banners around the community, but images are still needed for some.

Remembrance banner Millicent DeThoren

Many of Summerland’s fallen soldiers are featured on a series of street banners around the community, but images are still needed for some.

David Gregory, who has worked on the Summerland Remembrance Banner project for several years, is still looking for pictures of Summerland soldiers who died during World War I.

He has been working with the Kelowna military museum, ancestry.ca and the families of those listed on the cenotaph in Memorial Park.

He plans to spend another year seeking the pictures. If he cannot find them at that time, he will use a silhouette on the banners instead of an image from a photograph.

Gregory said the banner project is an effort to remember and honour fallen soldiers.

“When we have our Remembrance Day ceremonies, it bothers me when we just list the names,” he said.

At present, there are 26 banners honouring fallen soldiers from World War I and 28 for soldiers from World War II.

The banner project is a partnership of the municipality, the Summerland Museum, the Summerland Branch of the Okanagan Historical Society and the municipality’s Heritage Advisory Commission.

This year, it was nominated for the Governor General’s History Award. The award recognizes Canada’s top honours in history and heritage. The banner project was short-listed, but did not receive the award.

Photographs of soldiers needed for banner project; Hector Walker Agar; Alfred David Bridgeman; Francis Edgar; Charles Edward Hall; Richard Oliver Heron; J. Laurence Higgin; Edward John Johnston; Martin Joyce; Tremlett Foster Knox; David McIntosh; Huson Grand Murray; Frank Cornwall Naper; Thomas Edward Pares; Russel Rea; Crawford Thomas Rush; George Thompson; Joseph Richard Treffry; Frederick Russell Walker; George Henry Wilson.

Remembrance Day services in Summerland get underway at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 11, with the parade forming up in front of the library, 9533 Main St. The march to the cenotaph begins at 10:45, with the ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. sharp (chairs are available for those in need).

Following the ceremony, there is a soup and bun lunch at the Royal Canadian Legion, 14205 Rosedale Ave. Minors are welcome at the Legion on Remembrance Day. There will also be music from 2 to 5 p.m., followed by dinner. There is no charge for veterans, but a ticket must be picked up in advance, all others are $15.