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What are 'Flags of Remembrance'?

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'Flags of Remembrance' is a national commemorative initiative that was launched in 2014 by Veterans Voices of Canada – a non-profit organization whose main mission is to document Canadian military Veterans on camera for history and education, to be donated to schools, museums and libraries. Flags of Remembrance pays tribute to the men and women of Canada's armed forces in a visually stunning display of patriotism. This year, there are six communities sharing this celebration, including: Ponoka and Sylvan Lake, Alberta; Windsor, Ontario; Bathurst, New Brunswick; Sydney, Nova Scotia; and shown in the photograph is the site for Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island in 2015. One hundred and twenty eight Canadian flags line major roadways in participating communities, representing the 116,000 Canadian war dead and 12,000 missing in action from the South African War to the present. They also pays tribute to the 234 officers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and its predecessor, the Northwest Mounted Police, who have died in the line of duty. Each flag is accompanied by a sponsored "Hero plaque" that recognizes and honours an individual veteran - past or currently serving - and is a tribute from family, friends and comrades in arms. The flags and plaques are raised each fall and remain in place until after Remembrance Day. This year, the opening ceremonies took place on 22 September. This annual event also serves as a primary fundraiser for Veterans Voices of Canada so that they are able to fulfill their mandate to honour the sacrifice and commitment made by the military community.

On this day, 22 September 2018, we celebrate the 5th anniversary of this national initiative by Veterans Voices of Canada and honour all those Canadians who served in times of conflict since the South African War.

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