CALGARY, Nov. 7 /CNW/ - On November 11, Canadian Pacific will remember
those who served Canada and the United States with a Remembrance Day and
Veterans Day ceremony at its Corporate Headquarters in Calgary. This ceremony
pays tribute to the freedom fighters of World War I and World War II, Korea,
Vietnam and those currently serving abroad.
As a tribute to those who have served their country, all trains across
the CP system will be brought to a halt at 11 a.m. local time to observe two
minutes of silence. Following the silence, every CP train across Canada and
the United States will sound one long united whistle blast - a CP salute to
both nations' war veterans.
"We owe the freedom we enjoy today to the brave men and women who served
our countries and to those who continue to answer the call to preserve
democracy and restore peace", said Brock Winter, Senior Vice President of
Operations, Canadian Pacific. "The freedoms and rights we enjoy today are the
very foundation on which democratic nations are built, and should never be
taken for granted."
By coming together to commemorate the efforts of every man and woman who
served in the wars, their memory will be as lasting as the land they honoured
with their sacrifices. Their actions should inspire us all to renew our pledge
to continue defending democracy and peace; the values that allow us to work,
live and raise a family.
CP's people have been touched by the tragic impacts of World War I and
World War II. Over 33 thousand CP employees served in the last century's two
world wars. Sadly, 1,774 died in battle.
In addition to the human effort by CP employees, great transportation
contributions were also made. Of the 74 ships that were requisitioned by the
British Government, 27 were lost. In the air, CP pioneered the transatlantic
delivery of bombers to Britain. At home, Canadian Pacific's efforts included
transporting troops, supplies and equipment in addition to making its shops
available for the output of Valentine tanks, engines for frigates and landing
craft, naval vessel power equipment components, naval guns, anti-submarine
devices and fire-control equipment.
Today, CP continues to have Canadian and American employees listed as
reservists to aid in missions abroad. These brave men and women will also be
recognized at CP's Remembrance and Veteran's Day event.
About Canadian Pacific Railway
Canadian Pacific, through the ingenuity of its employees located across
Canada and in the United States, remains committed to being the safest, and
most fluid railway in North America. Our people are the key to delivering
innovative transportation solutions to our customers and to ensuring the safe
operation of our trains through the more than 900 communities where we
operate. Our combined ingenuity makes Canadian Pacific a better place to work,
rail a better way to ship, and North America a better place to live. Come and
visit us at www.cpr.ca to see how we can put our ingenuity to work for you.
Canadian Pacific is proud to be the official rail freight services provider
for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
Editor's Note: Ceremony will begin at approximately 10:45 a.m. and will
again take place in front of CP Headquarters in Calgary, Gulf Canada Square,
401, 9th Avenue SW, near the Steam Locomotive.
For further information:
For further information: Breanne Feigel, (403) 319-3932, (403) 589-6949