Wetaskiwin County funds fallen soldier memorials

Wetaskiwin County council is providing a $500 donation to the Fallen Heroes of Wetaskiwin County...

Wetaskiwin County council is providing a $500 donation to the Fallen Heroes of Wetaskiwin County, as a part of the Canadian Fallen Heroes Foundation.

“I’d like to see us do this, but if we do it once we’d have to do it every year,” said Coun. Larry McKeever.

The decision was made during council’s Aug. 9 meeting and Coun. Keith Johnson questioned if a special fund could be created for community support.

Assistant CAO Rod Hawken informed council there is already a policy in place providing support to a number of community organizations. A suggestion provided to council by administration stated councillors could vote to have the request and policy further discussed during the 2016 strategic planning meeting.

“It would be a matter of amending the policy,” said Hawken.

Council ultimately decided to approve the request for this year but also review the policy during the strategic planning meeting.

The funds will go to provide written memorials for soldiers who lived around Wetaskiwin prior to enlisting. In instances where a suitable photo can be located an additional oak frame memorial will also be commissioned. The memorials are being gifted to the Wetaskiwin and District Heritage Museum.