The new additions are accompanied by several chairs donated by the Fort St. John Lions Club, which also contributed window dressings, lighting, and a digital picture frame to the room.
Legion Secretary Marilyn Hunter spearheaded the project, looking to honour those who gave Canadians the freedom they have today.
“To come in this room and see what’s here, people don’t really realize what the Legion has to offer this community,” she says. “This summer, along with some ladies, I thought about how we could honour veterans this year and came up with this idea and it just snowballed and grew and grew and grew.”
The initiative is still growing, as Hunter says another 30 pictures are ready to processed, and it’s expected another six tables will be produced. Another “snapshot” table will be created as well, to include photos not large enough or that don’t match the others.
The tables have been well received by veterans’ families, and have even sparked a few tears. Hunter argues that they also help local youth learn more about the country’s history.
“It’s one thing for young people to read a name up on the wall, but now they can put a picture to that name now, and see the memorabilia and things like pay stubs and ribbons and medals.”
The room will be open to the public during the Remembrance Day ceremony on November 11.
Anyone interested in including their veteran’s photo in the next phase can call or email Marilyn Hunter at 250-262-9627 or [email protected]