The province has unveiled a commemorative license plate for family members of fallen soldiers just as Canadians around the country prepare to mark Remembrance Day.

The new plate is available to recipients of the Memorial Cross, also known as the Silver Cross, a memento granted to family of Canadian Armed Forces personnel who died in service.

Officials presented the first license plate to the father of a fallen solider at a drill hall in Vancouver Thursday.

“This new licence plate is meaningful for my family, as this pays tribute to my son, Cpl. Matthew McCully,” said Ron McCully.

Memorial Cross recipients can request one of the special plates at no charge by contacting ICBC.

Recipients who don’t drive or have a vehicle can still request a keepsake license plate if they’d like, the province said.

CAF said it was “delighted and humbled” that there was another way for families to honour their loved ones’ sacrifice.

“This Memorial Cross licence plate will be a daily reminder of the sacrifices members of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families make for their country and I welcome this thoughtful initiative as we enter Remembrance week,” said Rear Admiral Art McDonald.

The plate features purple letters on a white background with a Canadian flag on the right and Memorial Cross on the left.

B.C. joins Saskatchewan as the only other province in Canada that offers a Memorial Cross plate.