National Day of Honour recognized at Kelowna airport

Coming Home was presented to the City of Kelowna on May 14, 2011 by the British Columbia Dragoons in honour of the regiment’s centennial celebrations.
Image Credit: Contributed/Kelowna International Airport

KELOWNA – Almost three dozen men and women serving with the Canadian Armed Forces deployed through the Kelowna International Airport to the war in Afghanistan.

The B.C Dragoon reservists and all of the country’s military veterans were recognized Friday at a ceremony at the Kelowna airport during the National Day of Honour.

The Dragoons presented a plaque to be mounted in the arrivals area near the sculpture of a solider returning home to the Okanagan from a tour overseas and his child running into his arms for a hug.

The sculpture, called Coming Home, was donated to the city of Kelowna by the Dragoons in 2011 in honour of the regiment’s centennial celebrations. Its part of the city’s public art collection.

Kelowna mayor Walter Grey told the over 100 people at the ceremony “the B.C. Dragoons have a long history in the Okanagan and close ties to YLW.”

The National Day of Honour was created by the federal government to recognized and commemorate Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan.

The Dragoons is a reserve armoured regiment based in Kelowna and Vernon and is the only military unit based in the Okanagan.

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