OTTAWA, Ontario, April 11, 2017 /CNW/ -- On April 8, a new monument commemorating the 1917 Battle of Hill 70 was unveiled in Loos en Gohelle, France. The monument, dedicated to those who bravely fought there in World War I, was a result of years of planning and coordination by a team of Canadian volunteers to honour this significant defining moment in Canadian history. Sakto Corporation, a Canadian real estate company, proudly took on one of the many roles; coordinating the design and construction of the monument. Attendees at the dedication ceremony included the Right Honorable David L. Johnston, Governor General of Canada, General Jon Vance Chief of Defence Staff, Harjit Singh Sajjan Minister of National Defence, and other dignitaries.
"The Battle of Hill 70 was a strategically important win where 1,877 lost their lives, however, it is often overlooked in Canadian military history," stated Sean Murray, President of Sakto Corporation and Honorary Colonel. "That's why we helped start Project Hill 70 - to build this monument in honor of those who fought and to start an education campaign throughout Canada so that this victory will be preserved in Canadian history."
Project Hill 70, under the patronage of the Right Honorable David L. Johnston, Governor General of Canada and with a committee of dedicated, private citizens, led several initiatives to help define and pay tribute to the battle and make the monument a possibility including but not limited to educational packages, fundraising events that raised millions in private funds from corporations, charities, and individual Canadians, and coordination with French authorities.
The official opening of the monument to the public will be on August 22, 2017.
Learn more about the Battle of Hill 70 and the monument.
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. Jamilah Taib Murray is the Chairman. Visit Sakto Corporation's Facebook page.
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