HONOURING FALLEN SOLDIERS Historian David Gregory and Erin Trainer of the Summerland Credit Union show eight additional banners which honour soldiers who died during World War I and World War II. The Credit Union provided the funding for the eight banners, which will be added to the municipality’s remembrance banners. (Photo submitted)

Summerland adds eight remembrance banners

Banners honouring fallen soldiers will be displayed around community in November.

The Summerland Credit Union is donating funds to honour eight Summerlanders who died during World War I and World War II.

The municipality has a collection of 58 street banners which are installed on lamp posts during the first week of November.

The new banners feature soldiers not yet recognized through the banner project.

The eight banners will honour the following soldiers: Tremlett Knox, 1879 to 1916; George Wilson, 1871 to 1916; Frank Naper, 1874 to 1917; Ross Rea, 1890 to 1916; Crawford Rush, 1886 to 1916; Hector Agar, 1883 to 1917; Joseph Treffry, 1894 to 1917 and Laurence Higgin, 1882 to 1915.

“Despite an exhaustive search, we weren’t able to find photos of these soldiers, but it was still important for us to honour them,” said David Gregory, one of the project coordinators.

Each of the banners will feature a silhouette, the soldier’s name and his birth and death dates.

“We recognize that we wouldn’t be where we are today without their sacrifices, said Erin Trainer, marketing coordinator at Summerland Credit Union.

“The banners are a visual reminder of the consequences of war. As a Summerland business that supports our community’s history, we are proud to be part of this impactful project.”

Gregory said the placement of the banners is important.

Many of the banners near the former Bank of Montreal building feature soldiers who worked in the bank.

In Lowertown, the banner for Michael Daniels is near the location where his parents owned a store.

The Summerland Credit Union contributed to the purchase of the original street banners when the project started in 2012. It has also committed to funding eight more banners in 2019.

The banners were made by Interior Inkworks of Summerland.

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