Community News: Langley Youth For The Fallen

By on November 12, 2011

UPDATED 12/11/11 – MORE COMMENTS RECEIVED – On Monday, October 3rd at 4:00 PM Elizabeth and Michael Pratt addressed the Township of Langley Council about Langley Youth for the Fallen: A Walk to Remember. [Click On Image For Full Story]

Elizabeth and Michael Pratt addressing Council

Langley Youth for the Fallen (LYF): A Walk to Remember was conceived and founded by Elizabeth Pratt (a UBC student and recent Brookswood Secondary grad) and Michael Pratt (a grade nine student at Brookswood Secondary) as a means for the youth of Langley to commemorate Canadians who fell in Afghanistan. 157 trees – one for every Canadian killed in Afghanistan – will be planted and a cenotaph erected in a memorial grove at the Derek Doubleday Arboretum.

Elizabeth and Michael Pratt

“This is the first step in our dream for Langley to commemorate the Canadian soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan,” says 14-year-old Michael Pratt, a grade nine student at Brookswood Secondary and one of the co-founders of LYF: A Walk to Remember. There are seven sponsors who have committed to the project already, including: Aldergrove Credit Union, JD Farms, Rotary Club of Aldergrove, Rotary Club of Langley, Aboretum and Botanical Society of Langley, David and Nora Truman, and Diane and Mark Warawa.
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“In addition to these sponsors, we are very pleased with the support and guidance provided by Mr. Al Neufeld, Manager, Parks Design and Development and the Township of Langley,” says Pratt. “The Township has taken on the administration role in addition to making land available in the Derek Doubleday Arboretum near the Langley Airport and is working with landscape architects to design the memorial grove, walking path and cenotaph”.

Elizabeth Pratt, a UBC student, recent graduate of Brookswood Secondary and LYF co-founder said: “We wanted to do something to show that the youth of Langley supports our armed forces and in particular those who have paid the ultimate price. We like the idea of planting trees as they symbolize life.
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Michael and Elizabeth Pratt (left), Erik Lees of Lees + Associates Landscape Architects and Planners (right). Al Neufeld, TOL Manager of Parks Design and Development (rear).

Through each of these trees, each soldier lives on. There are many benefits to Langley that will arise from having this memorial grove: increased tourism , school field trips, encourages physical activity, planting trees helps the environment, encourages a sense of patriotism in Langley, and it would get the youth of Langley involved in a worthwhile project.”

For More Information: Community News: Young Brother Sister Duo Team Up To Honour Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan

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