EDMONTON, Sept. 22, 2018 /CNW/ - Canada Lands Company in collaboration with the South Alberta Light Horse Regiment today officially named a new street in the Village at Griesbach community in honour of prominent Edmontonian Stanley A. Milner and the Milner family. The dedication ceremony marked another in a long line of community tributes recognizing the military legacy of the site and the achievements of Canadians associated with the armed forces.
The Milner family represents an outstanding example of Alberta's service to Canada's military. Seven family members, including fathers, brothers and wives, served from World War I to Stanley Milner's work with the South Alberta Light Horse Regiment.
Stanley Milner exemplified his family's commitment to the military, serving in the 2nd Battalion, Saskatoon Light Infantry and the Canadian Officer Training Program. He also served as Honourary Colonel of the South Alberta Light Horse Regiment and founded the South Alberta Light Horse Regiment Foundation, a group which preserves regimental history and provides support for retired soldiers and military families. Mr. Milner was also a successful businessman, city alderman and philanthropist
Dignitaries included the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for Edmonton Mill Woods, John McBain, President and CEO of Canada Lands Company, Lieutenant-Colonel Mike Vernon, Deputy Commander of 41 Canadian Brigade Group, and representatives from the province and City of Edmonton. Following the remarks, Mr. Milner and his son, Kevin Milner, unveiled new street signs and a tribute plaque that will soon be installed at the site of the future Milner Crescent.
Minister Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for Edmonton Mill Woods. "Marking the significant contribution of Edmontonians like Stanley A. Milner allows us to link the strength of our past with the promise of our future. The Milner family will continue to represent the very best of public service and encourage all of us to strive to better our community, our city, our province and our nation. Their ongoing influence will be felt for generations to come."
Stanley Milner, Honouree "Being recognized in this area, the former Griesbach barracks, where so many of our military have served – is a distinct honour. When I think of my father who served in two World Wars, my brothers, sisters-in-law, and cousins who served Canada in World War II, it is particularly touching to see that my Regiment, The South Alberta Light Horse, is on parade today. This recognition is particularly significant for our family as my brother Sergeant Tom Milner served with the Regiment and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. I accept this honour remembering family members and members of the Regiment."
John McBain, President and CEO, Canada Lands Company "Here in Edmonton and all across the country, we are incredibly humbled by the military contribution of Canadian families such as the Milners, and the opportunity to permanently recognize the important work of local veterans, residents and community groups."
Councillor Bev Esslinger, City of Edmonton "Stanley Milner has always understood what it means to be a true Edmontonian, fighting for our Country, and helping build our City, and for that Griesbach is the perfect place to immortalize his name."
About the Village at Griesbach
This 620-acre community is located just 12 minutes north of downtown Edmonton and will eventually be home to approximately 15,000 people. The community features Edmonton's most spectacular natural amenities and parks including three kilometers of walking paths, four pristine lakes, oversized green spaces, military tribute parks and monuments, and the award-winning 24 acre Central Hill Park with viewing summit. The community recognizes one of Edmonton's most dynamic personalities, Major General, William Antrobus Griesbach. It is located on lands that were formerly home to Canadian Forces Base Edmonton.
About Canada Lands Company
Canada Lands Company is a self-financing federal Crown corporation that specializes in real estate development and attractions management. Its role is to optimize the economic and community value obtained from the reintegration of former government properties into the urban fabric and to operate select landmark attractions such as the CN Tower in Toronto, Downsview Park, Old Port of Montreal and the Montréal Science Centre.
SOURCE Canada Lands Company
For further information: Georgette L'Hirondelle, Canada Lands Company, 780.495.7133, [email protected]; Scott Payne, The South Alberta Light Horse, 403 878-0790, [email protected]