Alix Avenue of Heroes unveiled
Dignitaries, including Lacombe-Ponoka MLA Ron Orr and Red Deer-Lacombe MP Blaine Calkins applaud as signage designating a strip of Hwy 12 within the Village of Alix's corporate limits as the Alix Avenue of Heroes is unveiled on Remembrance Day, Nov. 11, 2017. (Ashli Barrett/Lacombe Globe)
The Village of Alix now has a permanent reminder of the sacrifices made by locals since the First World War.
On Remembrance Day, Nov. 11, the strip of Hwy 12 within the village’s corporate limits was officially unveiled as the Alix Avenue of Heroes.
The project is part of how the municipality is marking Canada 150, as well as Alix’s 110th birthday by doing something special each month of the year.
“It’s been a great project, right from conception until now,” said recently elected Alix Mayor Rob Fehr.
“We have a number of veterans that have served all the way back to the First World War, so it’s great to see them recognized, as well as our first responders and the unsung heroes that people don’t think about until there’s a time of need.”
The Alix Avenue of Heroes is marked on either end by a sign with an inscription honouring men and women who have served in the Canadian Armed Forces, law enforcement, fire and emergency services. On the light standards, 16 flags – a pattern featuring the 1871-1921 Red Ensign (used by Canada during the First World War) and the Canadian Red Ensign (used in the Second World War) as well as the current Canadian flag – have been hung and will now fly permanently along the avenue.
The project was borne from the mind of Charles Andrews, but has been strongly supported by the community. More than 40 people braved cooling temperatures to take in the brief ceremony near the east Welcome to Alix sign.
“When you see things like that happen first hand, it makes your heart swell a little bit,” Fehr said. “It’s really cool to see.
“With the economic times and uncertainty for a number of people, it’s events like this that really make people step up and be proud of their communities and the people that serve in them.”