Quesnel City Council and the North Cariboo Joint Planning Committee have received a request from some of their younger constituents.
Students at Kersley Elementary School have been working on a year long project to update the cenotaph.
Emma Dregger is in grade 5…
“The reason why we want to update our cenotaph is so that we can put up three new plaques. We want our cenotaph to also represent the service of peace, Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf.”
Most cenotaphs in BC haven’t been updated since the Korean War.
12-year old Jade Swaan says she was inspired by Terry Nichol’s book “My Sheep Story” that was read to her class.
She says the book helped her understand veteran’s struggles after serving…
“It isn’t easy for them to adapt when they return to civilian life. Terry’s book inspired us to let veterans know we remember them always and not just on November 11th.”
Terry’s husband Paul traveled across the country on horseback in support of veterans back in 2015.
The new plaques would say “In the service of peace”, “The Persian Gulf 1990-1991” and “Afghanistan 2001-2014.”
The cost of the plaques, 15-hundred dollars, has already been covered by the Quesnel Rotary Club and fundraising done by the Kersley students.
The students are asking the City to cover the cost of installation and labour.