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Joanne Hammond @KamloopsArchaeo
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Hey Kamloops. We need your help. We’d like to honour Kamloops veterans on memorial street signs this year, to mark the century since the end of WWI.

Can I have a word about remembrance? Honour? Respect? And yes, money. 1/
Kamloops Heritage Commission planned to replace about 50 signs this year, adding poppies to streets named for fallen WWI soldiers.

But city won’t pay the $8,500. Council opted to pay ZERO dollars and drag it out over a decade (watch here at abt 2:07 bit.ly/2s8WcRe) 2/
Some background: 189 men from the Kamloops area were killed in WWI, from a population of around 4,000 at the time.

That’s the equivalent of 4,250 Kamloopsians today.

Imagine if 4,250 of us were killed for our country and we decided honouring them cost too much? 3/
In Kamloops, you can visit the Battle St Cenotaph, where names of these men and women are inscribed. You’ll see names you know. Your neighbours. You’ll see our collective promise to honour and not to forget. 4/
You can visit Pleasant St Cemetery, see the tombs of soldiers & nurses killed in action, in training, by lingering injuries both physical & mental.

You’ll see the grave of Bruce Hammond. He was 18. You’ll see Charles Hall & Charles Johnson & Arthur Jackson & more & more. 5/
You can look at the plaque behind Stuart Wood School, in view of the playground, and let the term ‘boys’ sink in. 6/
You can do all this but most won’t. Memorial street signs can evoke these lives, honour these losses, in a way that’s accessible for everyone. In a way that reminds you of the real people & families behind these names. 7/
One of the streets we’d like to mark is Dalgleish. Lt. Dalgleish was killed 12 days before the armistice that ended the war.

There’s a stone for him at Pleasant St Cemetery, but like so many, his remains are buried overseas. 8/
Another sign would honour Lt Norman Wood. He died in the fall of 1918, he was 25.

Another for the son the Vicars’ lost. And the Clappertons. And the Lees. For the families that still make up our community, and for those that didn’t carry on here. 9/
Memorializing isn’t a one-off. You don’t do it once & call it done. Their memories, & our respect & gratitude need to be renewed.

It’s the promise made when this community gathered and sent our own off to die. (BCarchives B-03407: 172nd Royal Mounted Rifles, Kamloops, 1916) 10/
It wasn’t just the men who sacrificed their lives, it was this *whole* community. The families left behind. Their descendants. Maybe you?

There has got to be more to civic life than economics. Council’s austerity is misplaced, and shameful. 11/
Eventually, we’d like to see the 93 Kamloops men and women killed in WWII honoured with signs. And the single casualty from Afghanistan. But this is 2018 and we’re starting with marking the centenary of our losses in the Great War. 12/
The Kamloops Veteran’s Sign Project is about community memory.

Please! Donate below or email kamloopscenotaph @ gmail.com for options.

If you can’t, contact council & let them know where our hearts are.

🇨🇦Lest we forget. 13/13 bit.ly/2GMLt4f
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