Premier Dunderdale highlights Blue Book initiatives to honour veterans
September 26, 2011
Kathy Dunderdale, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador and Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador, today outlined a series of initiatives from the PC Blue Book New Energy to honour veterans and serving military personnel. The Premier was at the Royal Canadian Legion in Corner Brook for the announcement, and was joined by Legion President David Wells, veterans, and PC candidates Minister Tom Marshall, Vaughn Granter and Terry Loder. The initiatives will be made possible with funding of approximately $4 million.
“We must always remember that we have access to astounding rights and opportunities, all of which flow from the freedoms secured by those who have served and currently serve in our armed forces,” said Premier Dunderdale. “We live in a wonderful province and country, whose stable democracy allows our economy to thrive, our educational system to produce great thinkers and our people to participate fully and fairly in social, economic and political life. Honouring the incredible sacrifices that have been made to secure the freedoms we enjoy today is something we all should embrace and ensure our children do as well.”
New Energy initiatives outlined today by Premier Dunderdale include:
- A Beaumont-Hamel interpretation site at Bowring Park in St. John’s;
- Planning for centennial commemoration ceremonies in 2016 for the 100th anniversary of significant events in World War I, specifically, the Battle of the Somme at Beaumont-Hamel;
- A bronze caribou statue to be erected in Gallipoli in memory of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who lost their lives there.
In addition, a Progressive Conservative government would enhance educational opportunities for students to learn about this part of their heritage through several means:
- Work to expand travel opportunities to sites of military significance.
- Strengthen community partnerships with places where Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have served to increase understanding of the importance of their contributions to the countries they fought to save;
- Commission the development of a new online curriculum celebrating the contributions of men and women who have served abroad and the role our communities have played in times of training and war;
- Look for ways to develop and interpret the Fort Townshend site.
“We must always remember the individuals, both those serving now and those gone before us: the sons, the daughters, the brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers who have bequeathed to us peace and stability,” the Premier said. “That is why we will honour them by ensuring no one forgets their sacrifice.”
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