Remembering Ontario's Veterans

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Remembering Ontario's Veterans

Premier McGuinty Pays Tribute To Soldiers At Queen's Park

Office of the Premier

Ontarians gathered at a Ceremony of Remembrance at Queen's Park today to honour our war veterans.

Premier Dalton McGuinty joined Brigadier-General F.A. Lewis, Major-General Richard Rohmer (Retired), members of the Canadian Forces, cadets and school children in paying tribute to soldiers past and present for their sacrifice and duty.

The ceremony included a reading of In Flanders Fields, a youth pledge and a 21-gun salute performed by the 7th Toronto Regiment RCA National Defence. Representatives of veterans groups and 13 countries also laid wreaths.

This is the fifth commemoration to take place at The Veterans' Memorial. Over 1,000 people attended last year's ceremony.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario honours war heroes with a special veterans' licence plate, featuring a red poppy, and will have a veterans' plate for motorcycles available by spring 2011.
  • Ontario has seven Naval Reserve divisions.
  • During World War I, at least 50 medals were awarded to Aboriginal people.

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“We cannot repay the debt we owe our veterans, but we can ensure that their courage is never forgotten. And we can give meaning to their sacrifice by upholding the values they fought for and so many died for.”

Dalton McGuinty

Premier of Ontario

“The soldiers, sailors and airmen -- veterans of the Second World War -- are most grateful that their service is so universally recognized across Canada, and particularly by the people and Government of Ontario.”

Richard Rohmer

Major-General (Retired)

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