Volunteers for the No Stone Left Alone event coming up Nov. 2 in Wetaskiwin are looking for some help in recognizing those who gave their lives for this country.
Volunteer Stacey Coughlan, representing the No Stone Left Alone Memorial Foundation (Wetaskiwin) dropped by The Pipestone Flyer Oct. 16 to discuss the event and the need for volunteers.
No Stone Left Alone is a nationwide charity which organizes annual events to recognize and remember war dead. The No Stone Left Alone events usually feature youth volunteers who visit the graves and mark them with poppies, wreaths and flowers.
Coughlan said many smaller communities hold their event on the weekend so it doesn’t conflict with work or school and the charity relies on volunteers coming forward to help out. She said the charity is encouraging groups to come forward for the Nov. 2 event.
There is no age restriction for volunteers. Coughlan said youth groups and sports teams are welcome, and are encouraged to wear their uniforms for identification.
Those interested in helping No Stone Left Alone can check out the local group’s Facebook page, No Stone Left Alone – Wetaskiwin, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Groups which participate will have their information forwarded to the No Stone Left Alone office in Edmonton which will recognize the groups on its website.
Coughlan said the upcoming No Stone Left Alone event will be held Sat., Nov. 2 at Wetaskiwin’s Diamond Jubilee Park on Main Street. The ceremony will be held at the cenotaph and after the brief ceremony volunteers will move to one of two local cemeteries to mark graves.
Coughlan said volunteers have already left Canadian flags at each grave. Local piper Duncan Brown will perform.
This year will be the sixth event held in Wetaskiwin and No Stone Left Alone is held in every province and territory. In the first year the event was held, only 60 students participated; last year 9,236 students recognized 58,941 graves in 105 cemeteries.
More information about No Stone Left Alone is available online at https://www.nostoneleftalone.ca/, including classroom resources for teachers.