The Township of North Glengarry is paying tribute to veterans with a “Lest We Forget” banner campaign in the lead-up to Remembrance Day.

The banners, which bear the image of a Canadian Armed Forces soldier playing the bagpipes at sunset, as Canada’s flag is being lowered, will be installed throughout the municipality in the days leading up to Remembrance Day. The image was supplied by Canada’s Department of National Defence and it was paired with a field of poppies – the enduring symbol of Remembrance Day.

The idea to create these banners was proposed by North Glengarry Councillor Brenda Noble and a group of residents from Dalkeith.  It quickly gained the support of council.

Made by Significo, the banners cost $4,300; that amount included the purchase and design of the 20 banners.

The banners were installed in pairs near the cenotaphs in Alexandria, Maxville and Apple Hill and by the memorial garden in Dalkeith. Prominent locations in Dominionville, Dunvegan, Glen Robertson, Glen Sandfield, Greenfield and Lochiel were selected for the remainder of the flags. The Public Works department assisted the project by producing the majority of the banner brackets in-house. They also assisted with the installation.

North Glengarry Public Works staff members Donald Dashney and Josh Decoste are seen here installing the new banners.
(Photo: Tara Kirkpatrick, Township of North Glengarry).

The Alexandria Legion Branch 423 has confirmed that they will be partnering with the municipality for the second wave of banners, which will be rolled out in 2020. Township staff will be working with the Alexandria Legion and the Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Army Reserve Unit on the second phase of this project.

“This is a unique way for our community to ensure that our veterans are not forgotten and to show our respect and gratitude for the sacrifices they have made,” said North Glengarry Mayor Jamie MacDonald.

Over the next week,  the community can attend any of the Remembrance Day Services hosted in the Township of North Glengarry. Services will be held at the Maxville Cenotaph on Saturday, November 9, at 11 a.m.; at the Apple Hill Cenotaph on Sunday, November 10, at 12 p.m.; at the Alexandria Cenotaph on Monday, November 11, at 11 a.m.; and at the Dalkeith Memorial Garden on Monday, November 11, at 11 a.m.