Dave Sopha (left)

Dave Sopha (left)

Portrait pays tribute to soldiers

Portraits of Honour mural makes stops in Kelowna and Vernon

A giant patriotic painting, showing the faces of Canada’s fallen heroes, is en route to the Okanagan.

The Portraits of Honour is a 10- by 40-foot oil painting of the faces of the 155 Canadian Forces troops who died in Afghanistan.

On it’s Canada-wide tour, the mural is stopping in Kelowna and Vernon Wednesday.

Before heading to the Vernon Army Cadet Camp for a private viewing, the portrait will be in Kelowna at the Orchard Park Mall Wednesday for public viewing from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“It’s well worth going to Kelowna to see it,” said Richard Dawson with the Armstrong Kinsmen Club, which convinced the national tour to stop in town.

The Portraits of Honour mural, sponsored by Kin Canada, is mounted into a specialized mobile display trailer and is travelling across Canada until December visiting the hometowns of all fallen heroes and several other high profile events including Canada’s Royal visit by Prince William and Dutchess Kate Middleton.

The Portraits of Honour national tour is expected to raise over $2 million to support injured troops and the Military Families Fund.

To help support the tour, official POH merchandise will be sold at the Farmer’s Market across the street from the Orchard Park Mall Wednesday.

For more information visit www.portraitsofhonour.ca