From left: Councillors Grant Ward, Kim Richter, Bob Long, David Davis, MP Mark Warawa, Mayor Jack Froese. Michael Pratt, and Councillors Charlie Fox, Steve Ferguson, Bev Dornan and Michelle Sparrow pose with a boxed flag that has flown from the Peace Tower in Ottawa. The flag was presented on Monday, Oct. 7

From left: Councillors Grant Ward, Kim Richter, Bob Long, David Davis, MP Mark Warawa, Mayor Jack Froese. Michael Pratt, and Councillors Charlie Fox, Steve Ferguson, Bev Dornan and Michelle Sparrow pose with a boxed flag that has flown from the Peace Tower in Ottawa. The flag was presented on Monday, Oct. 7

A special chest for a special flag

MP Mark Warawa presents commemorative gift to the Township of Langley

  • Oct. 9, 2013 4:00 p.m.

A flag that will fly twice a year to honour Canada’s fallen in the Township of Langley now has a special storage place.

Langley MP Mark Warawa presented an inscribed wooden chest to hold the flag at the Monday, Oct 7 meeting of council.

“This flag was flown at the top of the Peace Tower in Ottawa,” Warawa said. “Normally, the waiting period to receive such a flag would be around 40 years.”

The flag was first officially presented to the Township of Langley to commemorate Canadians killed in Afghanistan at the opening of the Derek Doubleday Arboretum on May 24, 2012.

The flag will be flown annually on Remembrance Day at the arboretum and on Canada Day at the Township civic facility.

The plan for the arboretum was to contain a memorial site created by Elizabeth and Michael Pratt of Langley.

The brother and sister team submitted a proposal to the Veterans Affairs Community War Memorial Program to plant 158 trees, one for each Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan since 2001.

The living memorial for fallen Canadian military also includes a new cenotaph.

Michael Pratt was in the audience when Warawa made the presentation and he was invited by the MP to participate in the handover to council.