Canada's "Forgotten Battle" Being Remembered in New Memorial

Sakto Corporation Oversees Design and Construction of Hill 70 Memorial in France

OTTAWA, Ontario, April 6, 2017 /CNW/ -- This year marks the centenary of the Battle of Hill 70, often referred to as Canada's "Forgotten Battle." Sakto Corporation, an Ottawa-based real estate holding and investment firm, is overseeing the construction of a monument in memory of the Canadian soldiers who fought and lost their lives for victory at Hill 70 in France in August 1917. The monument is set to be unveiled on April 9 with dignitaries from Canada and France.

"When paying tribute to the Vimy Memorial several years ago with the Honorary Colonel Mark Hutchings, we discovered that there was no memorial to commemorate the Battle of Hill 70," noted Sakto Corporation President Sean Murray. "This had to change. We approached the Right Honorable David L. Johnston, Governor General of Canada, to be the patron of a new foundation called Project Hill 70. And with his support, we were humbled by how quickly the project turned into a grassroots effort by Canadians to pay tribute to those who fought and lost their lives in this victorious and important battle. Dozens donated countless hours of work and millions of dollars were raised without public funds."

"We are proud of the design of the memorial which consists of several different design elements all culminating at the center with an awe-inspiring obelisk. The memorial beckons visitors up a curving pathway infused with 1,877 Canadian maple leaves each representing a fallen soldier. The path then leads to the General Sir Arthur Currie Amphitheatre."

Hill 70 was a strategically important victory where over 1,500 Canadians gave their lives, however, it has been overshadowed by Vimy. The Project Hill 70 has also started an education campaign where they developed a beautifully-illustrated book and education package and sent it to 2,500 schools across Canada.

Learn more about the Battle of Hill 70 and the monument.

Sakto Corporation
Sakto Corporation is a privately owned and operated real estate holding and investment firm founded and located in Ottawa, Canada. Throughout its three decades of operation, Sakto Corporation has remained true to its core standard of excellence and integrity. Company President Sean Murray has enhanced Sakto Corporation's portfolio and reputation, including the construction of phase one of Preston Square in 1989. Located in the heart of Ottawa's Little Italy, this project was awarded 2010's BOMA's Building of the Year for Preston Square. Today, the company owns and manages multiple property holdings and is renowned as one of the nation's capitals foremost property facilitators. Jamilah Taib Murray is the Chairman. Visit Sakto Corporation's Facebook page.

 

SOURCE Sakto Corporation

For further information: Brian Murray, Director of Leasing and Business Development, Sakto Corporation, bjmurray@sakto.com, (613) 230-3434 ext. 237, http://www.sakto.com, http://www.sakto.com


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