Sunday, November 13, 2011

Langley Youth For The Fallen - A Walk To Remember

Langley Youth For The Fallen - A Walk To Remember was an initiative started by Michael & Elizabeth Pratt as a way for the youth of Langley, B.C to honour of fallen soldiers killed in Afghanistan since 2001.  158 trees (one for each of our fallen soldiers) will be planted along with a Cenotaph showing each of the names.

In January 2011 two youths from Langley, BC approached their city hall about planting a tree for every Canadian soldier who has fallen in Afghanistan. Their family had been touched by both WWI and WWII as their great, great grandfather had been killed in WWI and with a Great Uncle fighting in WWII. 

As well, Michael, a grade 9 student, had visited Juno Beach in the Summer and saw many memorials for fallen soldiers and thought we needed to do something in Canada where Canadians could pay their respects to fallen soldiers year round, not just at Remembrance Day. 

Elizabeth, 20, had performed at the Royal Nova Scotia Military Tattoo when she was in grade 11 and met soldiers from around the world. She was touched by how young they were and saddened to learn of the many of their friends - not much older than her - who had died in battle. Based on her experience at the Tattoo and Michael's in Normandy, they decided they had to do something to remember the soldiers who had sacrificed their lives to make for a better future for the youth of the world. Information regarding sponsoring a tree (for $300) can be found on their Facebook page: Langley Youth for the Fallen or by emailing Michael or Elizabeth 

"We don't have any money for advertising or anything like that and so it is entirely by word of mouth. We have about 80 sponsorships so far and so are more than halfway there! We received a lot in the past two weeks leading up to Remembrance Day and hope we can keep our momentum going. We had a planting ceremony on November 11th for 71 trees and it went really well." says Elizabeth Pratt  

Each tree sponsorship costs $300 which covers the cost of the tree, ongoing maintenance, and a contribution to the central cenotaph and plaques for the Walk to Remember. Sponsors will get their names engraved on a commemorative plaque.

If you would like a personal tax receipt:

Township of Langley
4700 – 224th Street,
Langley, BC V2Z 1N4
Attention: Al Neufeld

Please put in the memo line of the cheque: "A Walk to Remember" and make sure to include your name and return address in a note.

If you are a company and do not need a tax receipt:

Arboretum and Botanical Society of Langley (or just "ABSL" for short)
Box 315, 20465 Douglas Cres.
Langley, BC V3A 4B6

Please put in the memo line of the cheque: "A Walk to Remember"

Click here to go to the LYF Facebook page

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