Veteran licence program expands

More Okanagan veterans can now take advantage of British Columbia’s popular veteran licence plate program.

More Okanagan veterans can now take advantage of British Columbia’s popular veteran licence plate program, which expanded on Sept. 1 to include serving members of the Canadian Forces who hold a trade qualification.

“Any opportunity to recognize our veterans is a good idea. Special licence plates may be a small gesture, but one I know veterans appreciate,” said Bill Barisoff, MLA of the Penticton riding.

There are two Canadian Forces stationed in the Okanagan. The British Columbia Dragoons A Squadron is based out of Vernon while the B Squadron is based out of Kelowna.

The commemorative plates feature a red poppy on a powder blue background.

In the past, they have been available only to veterans who have served during a wartime or post-war capacity and those who served during a NATO or UN operation.