Veteran Remembrance Banners
Veteran Remembrance Banner Program
Last year, from October 13 through November, commemorative banners to honour local veterans who gave their lives inWorld War I and World War II were displayed along Highway 19A between McMillan and McVickers Streets.
Earlier in 2020, Council approved the veteran banner program to honour the veterans whose names are listed on the Parksville Cenotaph. There are sixty names on the Cenotaph from the two world wars and through extensive research we have been able to obtain images and information for thirty-one veterans.
Research for the project began in April of 2020 and although it presented some incredible findings, it also posed many challenges. Our experienced researcher, Valda Stefani, has been pleased to pursue the veterans’ stories even though archives worldwide were closed for months due to the pandemic. Valda established relationships with military museums and other researchers and conducted interviews to ensure we were able to put faces to as many names as possible. Many of the local young men who enlisted, especially in World War I, had recently arrived from places as far away as the United Kingdom and Australia and were too young to have started families, adding to the challenge of finding photographs. We received images from archives in England, Ireland, Parksville Museum and Archives, UBC Archives, Times Colonist, personal collections and other sources.
Many residents have shared 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. Our research will continue and as the program evolves, we will share photographs and stories on our website. We will continue our search for information and if you can help, contact Deb Tardiff (250 954-3073; firstname.lastname@example.org.)