Red Shirt Walk Honours Veterans
Prince George, B.C. – Dozens of people turned out to remember the ultimate sacrifice 159 Canadians made while serving our country in Afghanistan at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park this morning.
The ‘Red Shirt Walk of Honour’ is also a fundraiser for Winch House in Vancouver – a place where families of burn victims, first responders, veterans or those in the military can stay, free of cost when requiring medical care in the Lower Mainland.
In remembrance of those who died, there were 159 flags displayed throughout the park. There was also an additional flag to remember Prince George reservist Private Kirby Tott who died while on a training mission last summer in Manitoba.
Jim Fitzpatrick, who’s son Darren was critically injured by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan and later died in hospital in Canada, was one of the many people on hand to pay their respects.
“There’s two reasons why I’m here, one is to support the people that basically go overseas and protect us but I’m also here to respect the people that aren’t here. To honour those people as well.”
Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond remarked its an event she tries to attend each year.
“It is so important that we step up, not just on Remembrance Day, but everyday to say thank you to the men and women who have served.”