Teri James, executive director of the Downtown Langley Business Association, is putting out a call for more photographs to help in the reprinting of their Remembrance Day banner project. (Roxanne Hooper/Langley Advance)

Pictorial tribute to veterans being renewed in Langley City

There’s room for another 20 high resolution pictures of Langley people who have served.

Banners are hung on the streets of downtown Langley each fall as a tribute to this community’s veterans.

But during the nine years that the current banners have been in use, they’ve become faded and tattered – primarily due to the unpredictable fall weather, explained Teri James, executive director of the Downtown Langley Business Association (DLBA).

It means it’s time to replace them.

It’s time to reprint the existing photographic tributes and to add a few more, James said in the days leading up to the 2018 Remembrance Day.

Each year since 2009, the DLBA has worked with the City to hang these banners from mid-October to mid-November on poles along Douglas Crescent, the one-way section of Fraser Highway, and 56th Avenues – between 204th and 206th Streets.

They’re photographic tributes to people who are currently serving, those who has served in past and are still around, or those who served but are no longer with us, James said.

The only requirement, the subject must be a Langley person or a family member of Langley residents. Plus, there must be a high-resolution picture of the person in uniform available.

There are currently 50 banners in place, a few of them duplicates, she said.

In addition to the current veteran images that are already on hand, there is room for 20 more, James elaborated, inviting those wanting to pay tribute to Langley’s veterans to reach out via email to her at: info@downtownlangley.com. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

In putting out her call for a few images, James said she longs to profile every local veterans – but said it’s not possible.

“I would love to have them every where, but it’s too cost prohibitive,” James said, noting that each banner will cost the DLBA about $400. Money is in the DLBA budget for 60 new banners, which she hopes to have in place ahead of Remembrance Day 2019.

She’s also hoping to collect biographies with each of the new submissions, and track down information on the veterans currently portrayed on the banners. Her intention is to have a copy of the image and a maximum 300-word bio for each added on the DLBA website next year.

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