Commemorative banners to honour those who lost their lives in the First World War and Second World War will be displayed along the Island Highway and the Alberni Highway in Parksville from Oct. 4 to Nov. 27.
Approved by Parksville council in 2020, this annual program honours the veterans whose names are listed on the Parksville Cenotaph, according to a news release by the City of Parksville.
“We appreciate the many residents who shared personal stories and valuable information about family members, not otherwise obtainable through archives or museums,” the release said.
“We encourage you to read the many heartwarming, yet tragic stories of the World War I and World War II veterans featured on our website.”
The details were gathered through extensive research over the past few years.
As you will read in the stories, many of the local young men who enlisted, especially in the First World War, were recent arrivals from such places as the UK and Australia and were too young to have started families, adding to the challenge to find photographs and details.
The city’s search for missing details about Parksville veterans continues — if you can help, contact Deb Tardiff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
— NEWS Staff, submitted