No Stone Left Alone to visit Lower Kootenay Band cemetery
On Thursday November 8th, a ceremony will be held to honor the veterans who are buried in the Lower Kootenay Band cemetery.
The No Stone Left Alone memorial foundation is coordinating the event for its second year in the Valley, however the foundation has its roots in Edmonton Alberta.
Don Leben, Air Force veteran and No Stone Left Alone Creston-coordinator says the Lower Kootenay Band cemetery doesn’t solely host Canadian forces.
“There’s actually eleven veterans that have been buried in the cemetery down there and it’s interesting that four of them served with the American forces. Now, not all graves down there are marked so we’re having to improvise a little bit as to where we place our poppies.”
All children from the Yaqan Nukiy school along with regional veterans from Canada and south of the border will participate in a ceremony featuring several songs including in Flanders Field.
Leben says Chief Jason Louie will say a few words along with other veterans during the ceremony.
“Chief Louie will be there and of course we invited the American Legion from Bonners Ferry along with the Veterans of Foreign War from Bonners Ferry. Then I have a contingent from Trail (members of the 39th Engineering Regiment)”
Other guests include representatives from St. Mary’s Band Cranbrook and the Kootenai tribe of Idaho.
The mission of No Stone Left Alone is to honour the sacrifice and service of Canada’s military by educating students and placing poppies on the headstones of veterans every November.
Here is a link to the national website.