Langley, B.C. – Today, Langley Member of Parliament Mark Warawa presented a commemorative gift to the Township of Langley. The gift is an inscribed wooden chest, built to contain a special Canadian flag to be flown twice each year in the Township.
“This chest is designed to preserve the flag that celebrates our country’s birth, and commemorates our fallen soldiers,” said Warawa. “This flag was flown at the top of the Peace Tower in Ottawa. Normally, the waiting period to receive such a flag would take 38 years.”
The Canadian flag was first officially presented to the Township of Langley to commemorate Canadians killed in Afghanistan at the opening of the Derek Doubleday Arboretum on May 24, 2012. Since then, the flag is to be flown annually on Remembrance and on Canada Day Day at the Derek Doubleday Arboretum.
“The Derek Doubleday Arboretum is an important site in our community,” said the Langley MP. “It honours those who recently paid the ultimate sacrifice when serving our country.”
The plan for Derek Doubleday Arboretum was to contain a memorial site, created by Elizabeth and Michael Pratt, two Langley youths. The brother and sister team submitted a proposal to the Veterans Affairs Community War Memorial Program, to plant 158 trees, one for each Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan since 2001. The living memorial for fallen Canadian military also includes a new cenotaph.
“On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I would like to thank Elizabeth and Michael Pratt, his Worship Mayor Froese, and the Council of the Township of Langley for their diligent work in creating a lasting tribute to our soldiers. May we never forget their brave and selfless service to our country.”