GIVE TO HONOUR THOSE WHO GAVE!
TRENTON, Ontario. Today, Mayor John Williams announced a nation-wide campaign to raise $1.5million by September 2011, for the creation of an Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial to honour the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces who were killed while serving in Afghanistan. Sadly, 157 Canadian service members have fallen to date in this conflict. This monument will be created and funded by Canadians for Canadians. It will be unveiled Spring 2012.
“It is a great honour to spearhead this important initiative for all Canadians. As our troops now return from active duty in Afghanistan, we must celebrate and honour the lives of those who gave so much to all of us, says Mayor John Williams, campaign chair. “The monument will be located in Trenton, Ontario located on the beautiful Bay of Quinte and close to the 8 Wing/Canadian Armed Forces Base, not far from where Canadian repatriation ceremonies occur and at the beginning of our fallen soldiers’ journey along the Highway of Heroes.”
At today’s ground breaking ceremony, hosted by Dave Devall, Mark Freeman, the Father of Michael Freeman and Kathy Bulger, the Mother of Nick Bulger, spoke about their sons who were killed while serving their country in Afghanistan and what this monument meant to them.
Other speakers included Hugh O’Neil, Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial Committee member, Wing Commander Dave Cochrane and Padre Sid Horne, who conducted the blessing of the monument site.
As Canada welcomes back its soldiers from Afghanistan, it was a fitting tribute as hundreds gathered at the site to honour all of Canada’s fallen soldiers and to lend their support for this important national initiative.
About Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial – www.afghanistanmemorial.ca.
The Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial campaign is a national initiative created by Canadians to raise $1.5 million to build a permanent monument to honour the members of the Canadian Armed Forces killed while serving in Afghanistan. The monument will be located near Canada’s largest Air Force Base in Trenton, Ontario where every Canadian fallen solider is repatriated.
How can Canadians give to help build the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial? Help is needed to build this great memorial. Construction is planned to begin this summer. Please join all Canadians coast to coast to coast who have already been giving to this Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial Fund. Donations, no matter how small, will make this a reality. Donations can be made online at www.afghanistanmemorial.ca or by mailing a cheque made out to: The Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial Fund. PO Box 490 Trenton, Quinte West, Ontario K8V 5R6
Media Contact: Meredith Bowers, Economic Development and Community Coordinator, City of Quinte West, [email protected] 613-392-2841 Ext 4416 or 613-921-7904.