Dec 2, 2021

Veteran Remembrance Program

Veteran Remembrance Program

Each year, in October and November, commemorative banners to honour local veterans who gave their lives in World War I and World War II are displayed along Island Highway 19A between McMillan and McVickers Streets. This program which honours the sixty veterans whose names are listed on the Parksville Cenotaph was approved by Parksville Council in 2020.

Through extensive research which began in 2020, we have obtained images and information about many of the veterans. Despite a challenging and extensive research to find photos and information, we are pleased to expand the program in 2021 by adding more banners as well as a new section on the City’s website which tells the incredible and heartwarming stories of the World War I and World War II veterans. Please take a few minutes to read these individual stories, we know you won’t be disappointed. Our thanks to researcher, Valda Stefani, who pursued the stories through archives worldwide, establishing relationships with military museums and other researchers and conducting interviews to ensure we were able to learn about as many veterans as possible.

As you will read in the stories, many of the local young men who enlisted, especially in World War I, had recently arrived from such places as the United Kingdom and Australia and were too young to have started families, adding to the challenge of finding photographs and details. We thank the many residents for sharing their personal stories and valuable information about family members, information not otherwise obtainable through archives or museums.

This process of gathering information and stories to personalize the lives of these veterans has been rewarding for the City. Our search for the missing details continues and there is a list on our website of those veterans; if you can help, contact 250 954-3073; communications@parksville.ca.

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