The Need for Honour House?
Honour House Society is pleased to have met its goal of opening the first of its kind home for the families of Canadian Forces and emergency services personnel.
Canadian troops have served in Afghanistan since 2002, with more than 35,000 men and women having completed at least one tour of duty. More than 150 Canadians have been killed in this conflict and over 4.500 have been injured.
In October 2006, the Royal United Services Institute of Vancouver sponsored a benefit, concert, in support of the BC Mainland Military Family Resource Center, titled, “Salute To Our Troops In Afghanistan”. This event focused attention on the needs of our troops – both those serving overseas, and those returning home. In particular, it helped to raise awareness about injured or wounded Canadian Forces receiving care or rehabilitation in the Metro-Vancouver area medical facilities; and the difficulty they and their families have in finding temporary housing during such times of need.
A similar situation is faced by families of emergency services personnel; fire, law enforcement and ambulance personnel, who are injured in the line of duty.
Honour House Flag
Honour House Society Flag
Honor House is proud to have its flag created by one of Canada’s leading flag designers Arthur Hughes. Officially known as a vexillologist, Arthur has created many flags. His most famous design made the final-four list for Canada’s new flag in 1965.
Captain Arthur Hughes
Arthur followed four principles for creating the Honor House flag:
1. I It must be recognizable from a distance.
2. It must look the same on both sides.
3. It must be easy to draw.
4. It must not have any writing on it.
With these principles in mind Arthur took up the challenge. He wanted to incorporate the official colours of Honour House and provide a flag that would tell who we are instantly to viewers.
His design is classic in its simplicity and is heraldically correct.
The white background speaks to the role of medical personnel in times of emergency. The red maple leaf symbolizes Canada and the white letter H superimposed on the maple leaf identifies Honour House.
The dark blue horizontal bar represents the navy, the red in the middle the army and the light blue the air force. The gold lines symbolize all emergency services personnel – fire, ambulance and law enforcement. The dimensions of the flag are one of the standard rectangular proportions, 3:5.
The Honour House flag now flies proudly outside Honour House and a copy is at the Mayor’s Office in New Westminster City Hall.
Comments from Winch House Guests
“This beautiful refuge is a true home away from home.”
”Absolutely amazing and comfortable for kids and adults. Gorgeous decorating. Thank you.”
“Many thanks for the blessing of being able to stay in such a beautiful place.”
“Thanks so much for this wonderful home. It made things so much easier in this tough time.”