Unique Vimy Lane memorial in Vernon marks centennial

By Pete McIntyre / Beach Radio Vernon
November 8, 2018 - 4:23pm

VERNON, B.C. — Andy Wylie says Canada is the greatest country in the world — and nobody really knows it.

The Vernon resident is a big supporter of Canada’s history and war veterans, and he’s welcoming the public to his Vimy Lane tribute at 4008 – 29th Street, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Remembrance Day.

Wylie will shine two searchlights to form a ‘V’ from 7 to 11 pm Friday night, and will mark the Repatriation of the Vimy Memorial using four searchlights Saturday and Sunday nights from 7 to 11 pm.

“I’m celebrating, not so much the sacrifice, which is important, but I’m celebrating how these people, these men lived. My god, they were magnificent,” Wylie tells Beach Radio News.

People are asked to park their cars and walk around the site, as it’s not a drive through event.

“What I’m trying to do here  — and I’ll speak very bluntly — in another 20 to 30 years, there will be no one left on the Kal (Tire Place) floor, our veterans are passing away. And how are we going to remember the sacrifice and accomplishments of those generations, and this is what I’m trying to do.”

Wylie says the V stands for Vimy, but also for Vernon, the Vipers, and Victoria Day.

“This is about remembering the boys from the First World War because they were absolutely magnificent.”

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