Siblings team up to honour soldiers

The Township of Langley has accommodated the proposal of two Langley youths to create a memorial grove in Langley to commemorate the 157 Canadians who were killed in Afghanistan.

The Township of Langley has accommodated the proposal of two Langley youths to create a memorial grove in Langley to commemorate the 157 Canadians who were killed in Afghanistan.

“This is the first step in our dream for Langley to commemorate the Canadian soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan,” says 14-year-old Michael Pratt, a grade nine student at Brookswood Secondary and one of the co-founders of Langley Youth for the Fallen (LYF).

There are seven sponsors who have committed to the project, including: Aldergrove Credit Union, JD Farms, Rotary Club of Aldergrove, Rotary Club of Langley, Aboretum and Botanical Society of Langley, David and Nora Truman, and Diane and Mark Warawa.

“In addition to these sponsors, we are very pleased with the support and guidance provided by Mr. Al Neufeld, manager of parks design and development and the Township of Langley,” says Pratt.

“The Township has taken on the administration role in addition to making land available in the Derek Doubleday Arboretum near the Langley Airport and is working with landscape architects to design the memorial grove, walking path and cenotaph.”

Elizabeth Pratt, a UBC student, recent graduate of Brookswood Secondary and LYF co-founder said, “We wanted to do something to show that the youth of Langley supports our armed forces and in particular those who have paid the ultimate price. We like the idea of planting trees as they symbolize life. Through each of these trees, each soldier lives on. There are many benefits to Langley that will arise from having this memorial grove and it would get the youth of Langley involved in a worthwhile project.”

LYF: A Walk to Remember is looking for major sponsors and would like to hear from interested businesses, service groups, elementary, middle and high schools, scout and guide groups, cadets, and any other youth group who would like to be part of this project. The cost of sponsoring a tree in honour of a Canadian who gave their life for our freedoms is $300. Please email LangleyYouthForTheFallen@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page: Langley Youth for the Fallen: A Walk to Remember.