By Kenyon Stronski
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The Town of Taber will be beginning a new initiative this November known as the Veteran’s Banner Project.
The project will be focused on sponsoring a veteran who doesn’t have to be family, and the revenue the Town generates will go straight to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #20 in Taber to support their initiatives.
These projects aren’t found everywhere and as Communications and Projects Coordinator Meghan Brennan puts it — she hadn’t heard of a project like this before.
“It’s not that people don’t want to honour our veterans,” Brennan explained. “Because the amount of people that show up to our Remembrance Day ceremonies as well at the ceremony at the Cenotaph certainly proves that our citizens care about our veterans.”
There is no cap on the number of veterans that can be sponsored as long as they meet the Town of Taber’s criteria.
“There is eligibility that can be found on our website. We are using the Royal Canadian Legion’s definition of a veteran and we do recognize that Taber is comprised of citizens from all around the world and has been since its inception. As long as they meet the criteria of being a veteran, we will honour them because so many of them gave and it doesn’t matter where you’re from it’s how you helped our community grow.”
Arts, Culture and Events Coordinator Amy Allred also stated that if people don’t have a veteran they want to sponsor, the Legion has a list of people who either don’t have a sponsor or no family nearby in the case that they do want to sponsor someone but don’t have anyone in mind.
“Public Works is also helping us, and they will be the ones putting up and taking the banners down to give back to the families who have sponsored them,” mentioned Recreation Manager Kory Ostrup. “Our hope is for this to be annually and we have had great success so far. Way more than we were expecting for our first year and I think we’re all blown away by the numbers of banners thus far.”
As of mid-October, 33 banners have been sold.
Moonlight Graphics will also be helping the Recreation Department by making the banners themselves.
“People can sponsor either at the Town or at the Legion,” noted Arts, Culture and Events Coordinator Emily Hembrough. “There’s a forum you can fill out where you fill out your information as a sponsor along with the veteran’s information you would like to have the banner made for. The banners will be hung up on November 1. They will be hung up for 15 days.”
The banners are $50, and for more information, you can visit taber.ca/veterans.