A city report on hanging veterans banners and regiment flags was presented to the Public & Protective Services Committee Nov. 7.
Previously, the Grande Prairie Royal Canadian Legion #54 asked city council to consider hanging veterans’ banners and unit flags along Veterans Way (101 Ave.) to continue beautifying the city’s downtown at the July 24 city council meeting.
“Currently, administration is exploring all options regarding beautification efforts along 101 Avenue and administration will meet with the Legion to continue this discussion in January 2024,” said Sarah Paterson, city Community Recreation manager.
She noted that the hanging of banners was discussed with the legion and was tabled due to the cost; flags are still under consideration.
The legion would purchase and maintain the flags and ask that the city install them annually.
“Some of the fallen veterans from First World War, Second World War; they’re slowly being forgotten, and that’s a shame, so we want to change that,” said Grande Prairie Royal Canadian Legion #54 President Brad Lewis to the News in July.
“We want somebody to walk down Veterans Way looking at these flags and say, ‘Hey, Grandpa, he served under that flag.’”
Legion member Gary Webster told city council in July while proposing the idea that the renaming of the street to Veterans Way was an effort to bring attention to veterans, something flying their flags he believes would help.
“I think it would honour the veterans that we have and also people that we come from other towns and other parts of Alberta or wherever, and say, ‘Hey, I served under that flag,’” he said.
The city says there are 56 light standards along 101 Ave. and most of the standards have hardware in place for hanging baskets of flowers from the Grande Prairie Downtown Association (GPDA).
Coun. Grant Berg suggested to city administration that conversations begin with the GPDA to see if the flowers could be located in an alternative location.
Coun. Wendy Bosch, who is also the GPDA executive director, noted that an RFP for the flowers is expected within the next week.
City administration said it would speak to the association board later that day.
The report was accepted for information, but Mayor Jackie Clayton noted she was expecting updates from city administration on the project’s progress.
By Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Original Published on Nov 16, 2023 at 09:01