Mar 5, 2013 / 2:00 pm
A bid by veterans to re-name a Penticton street in recognition of those who have made sacrifices for their country was given the go ahead Monday night.
City Council has endorsed changing the name of Forbes Street, which borders Veterans Memorial Park, to Veterans Way.
We are very, very pleased, riding high, because this has been a long time in coming,” said Alan Kidd, special projects coordinator for the Veterans Association of Penticton.
Kidd said the association, comprised of veterans from different city groups, has long been behind efforts to ensure the community remembers war losses.
It was instrumental in getting the park by the courthouse named Veterans Memorial Park about four years ago.
It works diligently to do so because, quite simply, it is important to remember, said Kidd.
“People say kids don’t care about yesterday’s wars, but our point is that all these wars when you have losses are relevant,” he said. “In Penticton, volunteers lined up, marched out of town and 77 of them never came home and that is from a small town.
Then in World War II, we lost another 135.
Remembrance Day is not enough, he added, a street named Veterans Way will give people pause to think year round.
Mayor Dan Ashton said he doesn’t see any problems with the name change because there are no addresses on Forbes Street.
“It is a very small step in the right direction to remember the veterans in Penticton,” he said.
Also under discussion at Monday’s meeting was the placement of a commemorative plaque at the park to honour the service of Capt. Jonathan Snyder.
Snyder, of Penticton, died in Afghanistan in 2008, when he fell into a well during a night-time patrol.
No decisions have been made as yet on how to best honour the soldier, who was 26 when he died.
“There is dialogue taking place between the veterans association, the city and the Snyder family to ensure whatever happens is done properly,” said Ashton.
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