Salisbury is proud to partner with Royal Canadian Legion Br. 31 on the Legion’s new Veteran Banners program.
Banners commemorating military veterans, past and present from throughout the Salisbury region, have been installed on poles along Main Street and Fredericton Road in the village. The program has been three years in the making, inspired by similar activity in other New Brunswick communities.
Salisbury Legion Branch President Susan Dryden says seeing the banners installed this week brought tears to her eyes, adding it’s so important to emphasize for residents, youth in particular, the significant contributions of our veterans in preserving the freedoms we enjoy today. Dryden says it’s important to honour them all, as they have all played important roles in protecting our country and have stories to tell.
Salisbury Mayor Rob Campbell shares a similar pride in the banner program. Campbell, himself coming from a military family, says it’s a way to collectively express our thanks to those who have served and continue to serve. He says current world events, such as the invasion of Ukraine, further stress the importance of honouring our veterans and ensuring their sacrifice is never forgotten.
Salisbury Village Council, at its meeting on March 28, 2022, approved a grant of $4,000 to this project. Forty-four banners, each costing $172.50 and sponsored by family and friends, were designed and manufactured by contractors Goggin Signs & Graphics and Codiac Printing Inc., respectively, with the Salisbury Department of Infrastructure and Public Works assisting with installation.
Requests are already coming in for additional banners next year.