Premier Recognizes Courage Of Those Who Served And Extends Sympathies To
Families And Friends
QUEEN'S PARK, Nov. 9 /CNW/ - Premier Dalton McGuinty today formally
honoured the heroism, valour and sacrifice of Ontario's fallen soldiers by
presenting Tribute to the Fallen plaques to the families of Canadian Forces
personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty.
"Ontarians are compassionate and caring and have the deepest sympathy for
the families with us today who have lost a loved one in the service of our
country," said Premier McGuinty. "We must honour the courage it takes to
answer a dangerous call to duty and we will never forget their service and
Ontario's Tribute to the Fallen honours members of the Canadian Forces,
firefighters and police officers in Ontario who have died in the line of duty.
At today's ceremony, Premier McGuinty presented the tribute plaque to nine
families. The framed tribute consists of a specially designed trillium and a
brass plate with a commemorative inscription.
Premier McGuinty made his remarks at a formal ceremony that included
Brigadier-General Alan Howard, Commander, Land Force Central Area/Joint Task
Force (Central) and Major-General Richard Rohmer, co-chair of the Veterans'
"These Canadian soldiers from Ontario will be missed not only by their
immediate families, but by their extended military family and by their fellow
Ontarians. With unwavering dedication, they served honourably the people of
Canada and Ontario at home and abroad," said Brigadier-General Howard.
"This tribute gives us an opportunity to express the depth of our
gratitude to our fallen soldiers - so many lives have been touched by their
legacy of love, friendship and good work," said Premier McGuinty. "Together,
we will do our very best to build communities, a province, a country and a
world that lives up to the ideals they fought for."
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