Group places 116 Canadian flags along Alberta highway to remember war dead

SYLVAN LAKE, Alta. - A group has placed a long row of 116 Canadian flags along a central Alberta highway in a colourful tribute to Canada's war dead.

Each flag that has been set up along Highway 11 west of Red Deer represents 1,000 soldiers who have died since 1900 while serving the country.

The group Veterans Voices of Canada is behind the project, which was originally scheduled to coincide with Remembrance Day.

Organizers say they moved the event ahead and began putting up the flags Saturday because of the two soldiers who were killed last week, one in Ottawa and the other in Quebec.

Allan Cameron, spokesman for the group, says they hope people who drive by and see the flags will think about the sacrifices that have been made by people who have served in the military.

He says the 116 flags will fly until Nov. 15.


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