Media Advisory - Faith Leaders Gather to Bless the Beechwood National Memorial Centre

    OTTAWA, Nov. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - Leaders of Canada's multi-faith
communities and the Canadian Forces Chaplain Branch will participate in a
Blessing Ceremony for the new Beechwood National Memorial Centre at Beechwood
Cemetery in Ottawa this week. This ceremony will highlight the sacred nature
of the Beechwood National Memorial Centre, which has been designed as a place
for memorialization and commemoration for Canadians of all faiths and walks of
    The blessing of a Hall of Colours will also be part of the ceremony. The
Beechwood Cemetery Foundation has invited Chaplain General Stanley Johnstone
of the Canadian Forces to bless this room and a stained glass window donated
by the Canadian Military Chaplains' Association in memory of military
chaplains, past and present. Two Canadian Army regiments -The Royal Canadian
Regiment, Canada's senior Regular Force Infantry Regiment, and The Royal 22nd
Regiment - will lay-up their regimental colours in the Hall of Colours.
    This event offers a preview of the new Beechwood National Memorial Centre
that will be officially opened in April 2008.
    When:  Wednesday, November 28, 2007
           11:00 a.m.

           Media asked to arrive 15 minutes earlier for a technical briefing.

    Where: The Beechwood National Memorial Centre
           Beechwood Cemetery
           280 Beechwood Avenue
           Ottawa, Ontario

           To the south of the Beechwood Reception Centre.
           Parking available nearby.

    Who:   Mrs. Grete Hale, Chair, The Beechwood Cemetery Foundation

           Mrs. Sylvia Ceacero, Executive Director, Beechwood Cemetery and

           Major-General Walter Semianiw, Chief of Military Personnel,
            National Defence Headquarters

           Brigadier-General Stanley Johnstone, Chaplain General, Canadian

           Padre Gerry Peddle, Vice-Chair of The Beechwood Cemetery
            Foundation and former Chaplain General, Canadian Forces

           The Royal Canadian Regiment and The Royal 22nd Regiment

           Leaders from approximately 30 faith organizations, both national
            and local.

For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Lisa Robertson, (613) 739-7032;
Susan Wright, (613) 730-2020,

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