FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – The community is invited to join this weekend’s parade for Ingvar Ludwig Nelson’s 102 birthday.
The Fort St. John resident and World War II veteran was the first-born child to Swedish immigrant parents in the small community of Buford, AB, south of Edmonton. Along with his four other siblings, the family moved around a bit before settling in the Peace River area community of Sweetwater, BC around 1930.
In 1937, at the age of 18, Ingvar and his father applied for land in the newly surveyed area near Golata Creek, on the north side of the Peace River. This is the land where Ingvar homesteaded with his wife Rita, and together they raised a family.
After a wonderful life on the farm, it was decided to move to Fort St. John in the summer of 1998, where they still reside today. Ingvar’s family includes 5 children, 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandkids with more coming soon.
Community members looking to join the parade on Saturday are asked to meet at the C.M Finch and Mennonite Brethren church parking lot between 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The drive-by salute will begin at noon with several guests expected to join, including city council, RCMP, cadets and the fire department.
The parade will start at CM Finch and turn right on 106 Street, left on 106 Avenue, right on 104 Street, and then back to CM Finch.
Anyone choosing to watch the parade is asked to stay in their vehicles or watch from the sidewalk while social distancing and wearing a mask.
Nelson’s granddaughter, Brooke, started organizing the drive-by salute last month. She wanted to organize a celebration with her family, but gathering restrictions made it difficult to host an indoor party.
Anyone with questions related to the parade can contact Brooke at 250-262-7048.
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