Our community is a great place to grow, but it came at a cost. Countless men and women sacrificed in the name of peace, and it is through their sacrifice that we enjoy the freedoms we have today. Their service has not been, nor will be forgotten.
That's why the Town of Taber has implemented a Veterans Banner Program, and new for 2022, an Oral History Project (Taber Talks), with the first focus being on Veterans.
The Veterans Banner Program is not unique to Taber; it has been put forth in other communities across Canada (and the United States). This is one way the Town has chosen to recognize, honour, and remember all those who sacrificed so that we can live in peace, in partnership with our local Royal Canadian Legion Branch #20 (Taber). The "Taber Talks" Oral History project is brand-new for 2022, and we hope that capturing the voices and stories of our local veterans serves to enhance our citizens' understanding and connection to the people who have served our country.
To learn more about the brand-new Taber Talks Oral History Project, please scroll to the bottom of the page.
We hope that by displaying the names, faces, and stories of our veterans that our community will be able to connect with the everyday people who made the extraordinary decision to serve their country.
Please scroll down for information on the Veterans Banner Program and for the Oral History Program.
We will remember them.
Banner Program Details
Please click below for answers to all your questions regarding our Veterans Banner Program. If you have any questions which are not answered below, please contact us for more information.
2022 Banner Sales re-opening September 1, 2022. Applications will be accepted through until October 14th.
No late entries will be accepted. We appreciate your understanding.
Please note that the banners are first-come-first served.
The cost for the 2022 banners is $60 each.
Should you still have a banner from 2021 that is still in great shape (no rips or tears) it can be re-hung for a $30 re-hanging fee.
Payment can be made at the Administration Building (A 4900 50th Street). We accept cash, debit, or credit.
Please note that all proceeds from this project will be provided to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #20 (Taber) as a way to recognize veterans.
Does the veteran have to be from Taber?
No. We are grateful to ALL veterans who sacrifice in the service of peace and whose contributions have made our community the wonderful place it is today.
Therefore, to enable citizens to recognize the Vetearns who served our country and our community in the name of peace, we are allowing sponsorship of any Canadian veteran, provided they meet the following eligibility:
- Must meet the definition of a Canadian veteran (please see below notes for the definition of a veteran for this project);
- If the veteran is still living, they must provide consent.
The Royal Canadian Legion defines a veteran as “any person who is serving or who has honourably served in the Canadian Armed Forces, the Commonwealth or its wartime allies, or as a Regular Member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, or as a Peace Officer in a Special Duty Area or on a Special Duty Operation, or who has served in the Merchant Navy or Ferry Command during wartime.”
The Town of Taber will also recognize Canadian members of the United Nations Peacekeepers as part of this project.
Which wars, conflicts, or services are eligible?
The Town recognizes veterans come from numerous campaigns and conflicts. If the veteran is someone who falls within the definition noted above, they are eligible for a banner.
Please provide a high-resolution photo that can be enlarged to fit on a banner. The following guidelines apply:
- High-resolution digital image
- If you are providing a digital copy, please email it to our Arts, Culture, and Events Coordinator.
- Physical photos are allowed to be submitted, and they will be scanned in high-resolution to be used for the banner. They can be dropped off at the Administration Building (A 4900 50th Street), care of the ACE Coordinator for scanning. Please provide the photo with the application form so we can ensure the correct photo is connected to the correct information. All physical photos will be returned to the owner.
Photos must be submitted no later than October 25th. If a photo has not been provided after this time, the phrase "Lest We Forget" will appear in the place of a photo.
I have a veteran in mind, but no photo (or the photo is low resolution). Is a photo required?
A photo is not required. While we would love to have a photo, we realize that one may not exist for a veteran, or the photo may not be of high enough resolution to create a proper banner.
If a photo is not supplied or the photo is unusable, we will replace the photo on the banner with the phrase “Lest We Forget.” The veteran's name, service, and branch will still be included. Only the photo space will change.
Veterans Banners: Frequently Asked Questions
No. This project aims to honour those who have sacrificed so our country can live in peace. We are following the lead of many communities across Canada (and similar ones in the United States) who want to bring a visual reminder of our veterans to our community.
The cost of sponsorship will cover the cost of producing the banner and hanging it. In an effort to ensure that our veterans are honoured by this project and that no profit to the municipality is made through the sponsorship, the Town will be providing all proceeds from the project to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #20 (Taber) after the project is complete.
Taber Talks: Oral History Project
You have seen the names and faces of some of our veterans on banners, but soon you will be able to hear their voices and stories.
The Town of Taber is embarking on an oral history project called Taber Talks, and the first part of the project is dedicated to our Veterans! The Town will be completing professionally filmed oral history interviews with local veterans who live within the Town of Taber and the Municipal District of Taber.
These interviews will explore the sacrifices that our local veterans made and endured, and will be published in a professional documentary and (eventually) a short book to commemorate those stories for generations to come.
The Town of Taber is accepting applications from local veterans to be part of this project. Space is limited, so applications are requested and required.
Please note the deadline is July 26, 2022.
Due to limited funds, not every Veteran's story will be chosen to be filmed. However, the Town of Taber would like to express our sincerest gratitude to each and every Veteran who chooses to submit their stories and for their service to our community and country.
Special consideration will be given to those Veterans who are of a higher age so their stories can be preserved for future generations. This will be particularly important for the World War II Veterans in our community, and the Town of Taber will make every effort to preserve their stories first.
However, age will not be the only contributing factor. The Town will carefully consider each application to choose those histories that need to be filmed in a more timely manner to preserve them.
No. While the Town would prefer the interviews to be filmed, we understand not everyone will be comfortable with that. On the application form, there is an option to choose only audio-recording or to only include quotes/photos included with the application form.
Please make your preference known on the application form, and the Town will do its best to accommodate your wishes.
Thank you very much for your interest. At this time, the Town will focus on preserving the stories of those Veterans who are still living, so their voices/stories/memories are preserved directly as first-hand accounts.
However, the Town does have plans to expand this program in the future to accept the oral histories of family members of Veterans, so those second-hand accounts are also recorded for future generations. Please stay tuned for more details when the project expands.
The Town of Taber plans to use the oral histories in a documentary about our community, and eventually a short book.
Additionally, these interviews may be provided to schools/organizations for teaching about the importance of remembering and honouring our veterans.
Ultimately, these oral histories will be public property that helps preserve the stories and memories of those who made the extraordinary decision to serve their community and country. These interviews will keep these memories alive for future generations and connect them to our past through the voices of those who lived in those times.
The Oral History Association has a great definition here. It is important to note that oral histories are the "oldest type of historical inquiry, predating the written word." Modern technology has allowed this historic practice to evolve using recordings and film to preserve our histories, but people have been using oral histories since time immemorial.
Simply speaking, it is a way of "gathering, preserving, and interpreting the voices and memories of people, communities and participants in past events" (as per the Oral History Association).
Through recorded interviews, the memories and personal stories of an interviewee are captured by an interviewer. Those recordings are typically transcribed and placed into archives for future access.
Often, oral histories are a great way for researches/people to gain first-hand knowledge of a particular time, place, or event through the stories of those who were there to witness what took place.
Oral histories are different from recorded speeches or other sound recordings. Oral histories are a "dialogue" between the interviewer and the interviewee, whereby the former asks open-ended questions and the latter provides the answers that lead to a larger conversation. While they are technically "interviews" of a kind, the questions are more open-ended to allow the interviewee to provide stories, context, and details in a more "natural" and "conversational" way.
The Town of Taber understands it can be incredibly difficult to talk about your service and/or the aftermath of the same. We do not wish any Veteran to be made uncomfortable by participating in this project.
To help with this, we will have Family & Community Support Services available for mental health assistance should the Veteran require it. Additionally, we offer the option of only having voice recording or written quotes if the Veteran feels that filming will be too difficult for them.
The Town of Taber would like to acknowledge the following for their grant support of this project:
- Community Foundation's 2022 Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life Grant
- This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada's 2022 Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Grant (Community Projects Component). Ce projet a été rendu possible en partie grâce au gouvernement du Canada.
The Town gratefully acknowledges the Taber Irrigation Impact Museum for generously allowing us to use their historic photos in our Oral History Poster.
The Town of Taber accepts no liability for the information provided as part of the Veterans Banner Project or the Oral History Project. The Town of Taber does not guarantee the quality, accuracy, or completeness of any information submitted by members of the public in regards to these projects. Responsibility to provide accurate details regarding the veteran’s name, service, and other information lies solely with the submitter and/or sponsor and the Town of Taber accepts no liability or responsibility for inaccurate or false information.