Construction Of Veterans' Memorial Now Underway
Canadian Military Veterans Permanently Honoured On Queen's Park Grounds
QUEEN'S PARK, ON, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - Work has begun on the construction of an historic memorial on the front lawn of Queen's Park commemorating the sacrifices of Canada's veterans who served in war and peace.
"This monument will serve to remind all Ontarians and visitors to our province of the sacrifice made by our veterans to protect our peace and freedom," said Government Services Minister Gerry Phillips. "It will be a legacy forever on the grounds of the legislature and we are thrilled that construction is now underway."
The Veterans' Memorial is being built in front of the legislative building in the northwest section of the lawn of Queen's Park. It will consist of a 30-metre (100-foot) long granite wall etched with scenes from Canada's military history and inscribed with text. It will also feature a stone-paved gathering area, a seating area, paths and a gently sloping lawn.
"The Veterans' Memorial will be a fitting tribute to the sacrifice, courage and dedication of our veterans," said Major-General Richard Rohmer, Co-Chair of the Veterans' Memorial Advisory Committee, which is responsible for the overall planning of the project.
The Canadian team of Allan Harding MacKay and Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg was awarded the contract for the memorial's design following a nationwide competition.
The Veterans' Memorial design was unveiled by Premier Dalton McGuinty at a ground-breaking ceremony in August 2005 and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2006.
An artist's rendering of the memorial can be requested by calling the Ministry of Government Services at 416-325-1378.
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For further information: Contacts: Ciaran Ganley, Minister's Office, (416) 212-3547; Gordon Smith, Communications Branch, (416) 325-3884