A special tribute is being held to honour Canada’s war veterans in Vernon.
The public is welcome to visit the Vimy Lane Memorial at 4008 – 29th Street, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Remembrance Day.
Two searchlights will be used to form a ‘V’ in the sky from 7 to 11 pm Friday night, and will mark the Repatriation of the Vimy Memorial using four searchlights Saturday and Sunday nights from 7 to 11 pm.
“I’m celebrating, not so much the sacrifice, which is important, but I’m celebrating how these people, these men lived. My god, they were magnificent,” organizer Andy Wylie tells Beach Radio News.
People are asked to park their cars and walk around the site, as it’s not a drive through event.
“What I’m trying to do here — and I’ll speak very bluntly — in another 20 to 30 years, there will be no one left on the Kal (Tire Place) floor, our veterans are passing away. And how are we going to remember the sacrifice and accomplishments of those generations, and this is what I’m trying to do.”
Wylie says the V stands for Vimy, but also for Vernon, the Vipers, and Victoria Day.
“This is about remembering the boys from the First World War because they were absolutely magnificent.”