The Drumheller Legion welcomed some special guests to town on Sunday as the National Flag Tour for the Invictus Games next month in Toronto stopped in.
"One of the goals of the Games was to bring Canadians from across Canada together, and so we weren't just looking at going to city centres," explained Ivan Wanis-Ruiz. "We wanted to recognize all the Legions because the Legions put a lot of effort and funding into the National Flag Tour. That's why, along with 22 military bases, we're visiting 15 Legions and that's why we chose Drumheller."
The Flag Tour started August 16 in Victoria and is crossing the country with the goal of winding up in Toronto for Day One of the Games on September 23.
Gloria Bourassa was in Drumheller as a flag bearer to take it to the next stop in Medicine Hat in honour of her son Pearce, who will be competing in wheelchair tennis and cycling.
"He has PTSD or PTSI, whichever they call it. It's just very exciting for him: he's stoked to be a competitor on Team Canada."
"I think it's a huge message that Invictus brings, to let anyone with any sort of disability or injury or illness know they're not alone," chiimed in son Cole Bourassa, who is Pearce's younger brother. "It's huge for him to come out and say that and I think it's huge for everyone to hear it."
A total of 17 countries will be taking part in the third Invictus Games in Toronto September 23-30, 2017.