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Alix to unveil Avenue of Heroes

 Ashli Barrett/Lacombe Globe

The Village of Alix will honour local servicemen and service women by designating part of Hwy 12 as the Alix Avenue of Heroes.

 

The initiative is part of the village’s plan to celebrate both Canada’s 150th birhday, and Alix’s 110th birthday by doing something special each month of year.

November’s project was the brain child of Charles Andrews, who thought it would be appropriate to have a permanent reminder of not only those who were part of the armed forces, but emergency service crews and RCMP as well.

“The key is we hope that as people drive along the Alix Avenue of Heroes, they’ll take a moment to appreciate that all have sacrificed something and some sacrificed everything,” he said.

“Hopefully they have a feeling of gratitude for all the men and women who place their lives in harm’s way so we might enjoy the freedoms and privileges we so often take for granted.”

A sign marking the strip of highway within the corporate limits will be unveiled during an official designation ceremony on Remembrance Day, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. near the Welcome to Alix sign on the east side of the Village. In addition, three different flags will be flown from 16 light standards down the stretch - the current Red Maple Leaf flag, as well as the 1871-1921 Red Ensign used during the time of the First World War, and the Canadian Red Ensign used during the Second World War which was the first to feature red maple leaves.

In conjunction with the Alix Avenue of Heroes, the Alix Wagon Wheel Museum has created a service room commemorating the service of local individuals throughout the years. Artifacts, pictures and paraphernalia will be features, as well as a plaque residents can make donations for in the name of individuals or loved ones they’d like to have remembered as part of the Avenue of Heroes.

The museum has also started a fund for any maintenance work the Avenue of Heroes may need, be it the replacing of flags or signage.

To raise funds, the Village of Alix will welcome country music artist George Canyon to the Alix Community Hall for a special acoustic showcase on Sunday, Nov. 26.

“We’re very pleased to have Mr. Canyon perform for us. There’s only about 250 seats, so if you want to get up close and personal with him, you won’t have a better opportunity,” Andrews said.

Proceeds will go towards the initiative, but tickets were already limited at the time of the interview.

See next week’s edition of the Lacombe Globe for coverage of the unveiling.



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