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Banners honouring vets helps Remembrance Day ‘hit home’

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This Remembrance Day, people in Barry’s Bay have an opportunity to learn more about veterans, with local ties, who fought for the freedoms we enjoy today.

Banners, which tell the stories of service men and women, from conflicts from the First World War to today, are up on hydro poles along major streets.

The Barry’s Bay Legion is behind the project. President Heather Poliquin says there are more than 80 banners up now. About 35 are new this year – and they are helping the community commemorate in a more meaningful way. 

“More people seem to recognize Remembrance Day and see the work, because they’re seeing their grandfathers, great-grandfathers and uncles,” she says. “It hits home to the younger generation.” 

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“It brings it to life. It’s not just something they learned in history class or see on TV … People can relate to them and it seems more real when you can relate.”

She’s hoping more people will approach the legion with information on them, so more banners can be made. She says they’re allowing the community to gain a deeper appreciation of the sacrifices made by past local people. 

The banners represent just a small fraction of servicemen and women with local ties, she says. 

The Barry’s Bay Remembrance Day service takes place at the front lawn of the Legion,  at 250 John Street. People are asked to gather at about 10:30 a.m. Following the ceremony, they can come inside for a chili lunch and to see displays. 

MVDHS hosting public service

Madawaska Valley District High School is also hosting a Remembrance Day service, which is open to the public. The school is asking that anyone interested in attending call the main office in advance at 613-756-3048. 


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