The Flags of Remembrance mark 128,000 soldiers killed or missing

By Darcy Cudmore

Oct. 5, 2016

That’s a lot of flags, 128 to be exact.

There is one to remember every 1,000 of the 128,000 soldiers killed or missing in action since the Boer War in 1899.

The second annual national Flags of Remembrance ceremony was held recently in Charlottetown to unveil the flags.

“It was a really special ceremony,” said Charlene McInnis, the founder of the Veterans Initiatives Network of P.E.I.

“Very heart warming, very heart felt and very moving.”

The same thing is being done at eight other sites across Canada.

McInnis’ non-profit organization partnered with the Veterans Voices of Canada in the placement of the flags and the plaques, which sit under each of the 128 flags.

At the centre of the site sits the provincial flag.

“The different provincial flags are there to signify the camaraderie of the provinces, the soldiers and the country,” McInnis said.

“The plaques act as a guardian of the 1,000 souls that each flag represents.”

The flags will stay in place at the Charlottetown Event Grounds on Grafton Street until Nov. 15, when they be taken down for a presentation ceremony yet to be announced.

McInnis hopes people will find time to visit the 128 flags.

“We encourage members of the public to go and walk among the flags and read the plaques.”