Poppies on street signs remember Richmond’s fallen
24 November 2016
New poppy-adorned street signs have blossomed around the City of Richmond to commemorate local soldiers who lost their lives in military service.
Over time, a total of 61 Richmond streets have been named for local soldiers who died in military service. Now the remaining memorial streets are being highlighted with new street sign blades that are emblazoned with a poppy, Canada’s traditional symbol of remembrance for those who have been killed in military service in World War I and 11.
“We owe a debt to our fallen soldiers that can never be paid,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “This new street sign program is just one more way in which we can honour and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.”
The program was initiated by the Friends of the Richmond Archives and matches similar programs in other cities across Canada, Europe and New Zealand.
Installation of the new street signs has been ongoing over the past few weeks and should be complete by the end of November. Approximately 275 new street signs were required to mark the memorial streets.
An online webpage is under development that will provide background information on the actual veterans named on the memorial signs. For more information on the program, visit the Friends of the Richmond Archives page on Facebook.
The complete list of memorial streets is below.