Stairway to Remembrance shows people are remembering

Jason Malloy
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TRURO - Canadian flags with soldiers' names on them blow in the wind as a silent, yet moving, memorial to the men and women who serve their country.
The Stairway to Remembrance is located on the front lawn of the Colchester Regional Hospital. In two hours hospital staff had filled out about 100 flags that now adorn each side of the stairway to the hospital's front door.
"Hopefully it will prompt people to go to a remembrance service, to buy a poppy, to say thank you to a veteran," said Ken Jamieson, who helped come up with the idea.
"When you see a veteran, shake
his hand because he's lived one
horrid life."
Jamieson, who is also a member of the committee that created the Cobequid Veterans Memorial Park in Bass River, was pleasantly surprised by how many flags have been planted.
"It shows that people are
remembering and that Remembrance Day hasn't gone away," he said proudly yesterday.
"People do remember and people do honour ... those sacrifices that have been made."
The project came about very quickly.
A remembrance service was being planned for today at the hospital for patients, staff and visitors but it was cancelled due to the swine flu. It left the organizers looking for another way to remember and honour the veterans and soldiers.
For the past two days, hospital staff have been manning a table with the flags during the lunch hour to enable people to take part in the program.
"It shows a powerful image
to everybody that comes by," Jamieson said, noting some people have
even come back to get a photo of the stairway.
"If nothing else it's making other people think."
The names are varied between people who have served in the First and Second World Wars to those still serving in the military today.
"They all have their own meaning to whoever wrote on them," Jamieson said.

jmalloy@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Colchester Regional Hospital, First and Second World Wars

Geographic location: Cobequid Veterans Memorial Park, Bass River

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