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Okanagan thief takes memorial ribbon dedicated to fallen soldier

One of these memorial ribbon magnets dedicated to fallen Canadian soldier Zachery McCormack was stolen last week.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK/Bree McCormack
March 20, 2019 - 1:00 PM

LAKE COUNTRY - Zachery McCormack made headlines nearly a decade ago when he and three other Canadian soldier perished in Afghanistan alongside journalist Michelle Lang on Dec. 30, 2009 due to a roadside bomb. According to Zachery's cousin Breanne McCormack, he'd just arrived in Afghanistan that September.

Breanne's uncle decided to honour Zachery's memory by creating memorial ribbon magnets with the fallen soldier's face on them. Breanne received new ones for her van last Saturday, March 16, but when she left her vehicle unattended for a few hours, someone stole a ribbon.

"It's pretty disgraceful," she said.

Breanne said her grandparents gave her two memorial ribbon magnets during their visit to Kelowna on March 16. Breanne put the magnets on both sides of her van and drove to a friend's house in Lake Country. When she returned to her vehicle, she discovered someone had swiped one of the magnets.

Breanne said she and Zachery were quite close growing up. The memorial ribbons gave the family a way to honour Zachery's memory.

"It's someone close to our heart," she said.

Breanne has no idea where the stolen ribbon could be, but people who've heard about the theft have told her they'll keep their eyes peeled for it. Breanne said the custom ribbon would have little value for someone who didn't know Zachery.

"It's ignorant to steal it," she said.


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