Christopher Shaw, Chairman of the Shorncliffe-Trust and Terry Plant, Canadian Educational Tour Planning representative, carry the Eternal Flames dubbed Tommy (for our English friends) and Maple (for our Canadians) into the airport on Monday, April 15, 2019, in Edmonton . The Eternal Flame made its way from Belgium through France (stopping at Vimy Ridge and Beaumount-Hamel) to England (to Shorncliffe Camp where the soldiers trained and where 309 Canadians are buried) and then to Edmonton. The Flame will eventually reside at the Edmonton Garrison Memorial Golf & Curling Club where families can visit and take their copy of the Flame to their communities and homes.
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An ‘Eternal’ flame honouring the families of soldiers lost in the First World War landed at Edmonton International Airport (EIA) on Monday.Two lanterns, dubbed Tommy and Maple, landed in Alberta’s capital after traveling through notable war memorials in Europe, including Vimy Ridge in France and Menin Gate in Belgium, to honour the 61,000 Canadians and 1,305 Nefoundlanders killed during the war.Tommy was built to honour British soldiers while Maple will honour lost Canadians.“There is not just one story about the Great War. There are more than 600,000 stories — one for every soldier who signed up to serve in the Canadian Expeditionary Force,” said Terry Plant, spokesperson for Canadian Educational Tour Planning (CETP2), in a news release Monday.The Canadian First and Last tour is being hosted by CETP2 and the Shorncliffe Trust.Tommy and Maple were built in the same design as the Olympic flame to accommodate the European tour and travel to Canada. Both lantern designs have incorporated military emblems found in the remains of the Shorncliffe Training Camp, where soldiers finished their training before shipping out to the trenches of France.After the tour the flame will stay at the Edmonton Garrison Memorial Golf and Curling Club.“It is our purpose to bring back all those that lost their lives to their families who have been waiting over 100 years to have them ‘home’ again,” said Plant.