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The City of Armstrong and the Township of Spallumcheen, along with the support of the Armstrong-Spallumcheen Parks & Recreation Commission and the Armstrong Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, are pleased to host a public ceremony showing support for Ukraine by raising the Ukrainian flag at Memorial Park on Saturday, April 2nd at 11:00 am. The public are invited to attend this ceremony where the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 35 will be in attendance providing a colour party.

Don Blakely, a local resident of Ukrainian descent, put forth the idea to the Councils of the City of Armstrong and the Township of Spallumcheen to raise the Ukrainian flag in support and solidarity with Ukraine. The flag will be flown at Memorial Park located at 3285 Pleasant Valley Road, Armstrong BC, replacing the Red Ensign, for a three-week period from April 2 until April 23, 2022.

Andrea Malysh, spokesperson for the Vernon & area Ukrainian Canadian community said, “Many communities across our country are flying the Ukrainian flag in support of our Ukrainian people and in opposition of the illegal and unprovoked Russian invasion in Ukraine. With the addition of the Armstrong-Spallumcheen community joining with their support, it shows that we as Canadians are united in supporting democracy and the free world.”

Malysh also mentioned that over 9,000 Ukrainians, supported by their families, have already arrived in Canada. The new Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel program (CUAET) was established by the Federal Government to help Ukrainians and their family members come to Canada as quickly as possible and to provide them with the ability to work and study while in Canada. The British Columbia government is anticipating the potential for several thousand people to come to the province as soon as early April. Measures are underway in organizing programs that will assist these “Temporary Displaced Persons.”

Locally, a community online platform will be available with information to assist Ukrainians with immediate needs. Anyone wishing to provide housing, work, transportation or other services can register at the national Ukrainian Canadian Congress website www.ucc.ca.

Questions about the ceremony may be directed to Don Blakely at blakely1@junction.net or 250-546-6626.

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