Sea of flags honours Burnaby veterans

Social studies students from Cariboo Hill Secondary spent Wednesday and Thursday planting Canadian flags on the lawn at George Derby Centre.

“It has been so positive, people are stunned. They are just feeling the remembrance, the respect,” said Linda Bush, the coordinator of administrator services with George Derby Centre.

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The weatherproofed flags are part of a public awareness campaign spearheaded by the centre and its volunteer society. For a $5 donation, members of the public can pledge a flag to honour a veteran.
Bush said the flag planting sparked conversation between students and veterans. The students who helped with the flags are visiting other classrooms to talk about their experience.

 

The centre purchased 5,000 flags, and all will be displayed on the lawn of George Derby Centre in the days before and after Remembrance Day.

George Derby invited students from Cariboo Hill Secondary, which is directly across the street from the seniors’ home, to help plant the flags.

To donate $5 and dedicate a flag to a veteran, text 45678 on your cellphone, or visit the centre in person at 7550 Cumberland St. For more information, call Bush at 604-527-4465.

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