Premier McGuinty Urges Ontarians To Support Military Families
QUEEN'S PARK, Nov. 11 /CNW/ - Premier Dalton McGuinty today joined
Ontarians in honouring Canada's veterans by attending the Ceremony of
Remembrance at Ontario's Veterans' Memorial.
"We come together, as Canadians, from coast to coast to coast, to
remember the valour, service and sacrifice of all the brave men and women who
have fought and died for this magnificent country, the ideal of freedom and
the cause of peace," said Premier McGuinty. "We are forever in their debt."
The Premier joined veterans, members of the Canadian Forces, cadets and
Ontarians of all ages for the ceremony, where two minutes of silence was
observed at 11 a.m. The traditional service also included a 21-gun salute, the
reading of "In Flanders Fields" and the laying of wreaths at the memorial.
This is the second annual ceremony to honour veterans at Queen's Park.
Ontario's Veterans' Memorial consists of a 30-metre-long granite wall etched
with scenes from Canada's military history. It commemorates the sacrifices of
Canada's veterans who served and continue to serve their country in times of
war and peace.
"On behalf of all veterans, I salute the Government of Ontario for its
contribution of this magnificent memorial and for this deeply moving annual
Remembrance Day ceremony attended by the Premier and so many citizens,
military personnel and cadets," said Major-General Richard Rohmer, co-chair of
the Veterans' Memorial committee.
On Friday, Premier McGuinty honoured the courage and sacrifice of
Ontario's fallen soldiers by presenting their families with a "Tribute to the
"Today, Canadians are again fighting for the principles we hold dear and
sometimes paying the ultimate price," said Premier McGuinty. "We have a duty
to support their families and to hope and pray for their safe return - because
the greatest tribute we can pay to our veterans is to protect the values they
fought for and continue building the strong, free country they loved."
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