Pole gift to fly Canadian flag offered for Vancouver’s Chinatown Memorial Square

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      A Vancouver city councillor is supporting a proposal to install a Canadian flagpole at the Chinatown Memorial Square.

      Sarah Kirby-Yung has filed a motion on notice urging the city to endorse the idea for the public space at the northeast corner of Keefer and Columbia streets.

      According to Kirby-Yung, the display of the flag would “contribute to the continued work of building connected communities that celebrate Vancouver’s cultural diversity”.

      “There is no greater symbol of unity than the Canadian flag,” the councillor stated.

      Kirby-Yung noted that the move would also “positively recognize the contributions of Chinese people” to the city and Canada.

      According to the first-term councillor, the Vancouver Chinatown Lions Club has offered to purchase and fund the installation of the flagpole.

      Based on city records, the Chinatown Memorial Square created in 1995 to serve as a pedestrian-friendly public space.

      In 2003, a monument honouring Chinese railroad workers and war veterans was installed at the plaza.

      In her motion, Kirby-Yung stated that the Vancouver Chinatown Lions Club believes that the display of the Canadian flag at the square would “complement the resident statue that is dedicated to Chinese Canadian pioneers and veterans”.