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Telkwa begins fundraising for war memorial

The Telkwa War Memorial Committee has chosen a design for a local war memorial and will now start planning fundraising for the piece.

Councillor Rick Fuerst says the idea first came to him after a tour of Canadian war memorials in France.

“So I had all this in my mind and in the meantime an old army vet from Telkwa came to me and talked to me about the same thing. He said, ‘What are we doing to honour these guys a little better?’ So we got to talking and we started having discussions and more and more people go interested.”

He says the memorial, designed by David Bradburne, will honour all the soldiers from Telkwa and the Bulkley Valley who have fought since the first world war and will likely be placed in the Hankin Avenue intersection so people can see it daily.

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“We think that remembrance shouldn’t just be one day a year and by placing it in a visible spot…it’s visible to people 365 days a year. So that those sacrifices aren’t just thought of one or two days a year.”

He says the committee is currently planning a fundraiser at the Telkwa Hall in late May.

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