CNC Students Help Mark Remembrance
Prince George, B.C. – Five trades departments at the College of New Caledonia are working with the Canadian Legion Branch 43 on developing new flag poles for the flags of honour that have been used to line the streets during special community gatherings.
The welding, carpentry, metal fabrication, automotive, and motor vehicle body repair departs are each playing a part in the project.
Each of the poles bears the name of a member of the Canadian Armed Forces who lost their life as a result of injuries suffered because of their service. Most reflect losses that occurred during the conflict in Afghanistan. “It’s hard to quantify how a piece of wood and a cherished name can stir such deep seated emotions of someone’s sacrifice” said Joe Elliott, executive veteran with Legion Branch 43 “In this age of instant gratification, somehow everything we are, is owed to what they were,”
The wooden flag poles have suffered some damage over the past few years, and that’s where the trades students at CNC come in. They are working to build new metal bases for the 161 flagpoles, make new aluminum flag poles and build storage units so the poles and their bases will be better protected from damage in the future.
While there is too much work to be done to have all the new flagpoles ready in time for Remembrance Day, a prototype of the new poles will be on scene for Friday’s Remembrance Day Services. The balance of the work will be completed in the weeks following Remembrance Day.