Ontario Unveils Design For New Veterans' Memorial
Canadian Veterans And Peacekeepers Permanently Honoured On The Grounds Of Queen's Park
QUEEN'S PARK -- Premier McGuinty announced that Ontario is commemorating the sacrifices of Canada's veterans and peacekeepers by unveiling the design of a new memorial that will be erected on the front lawn of the legislature at Queen's Park.
"For millions of Ontarians, this monument will be a reminder of the heroism, bravery and sacrifice of our veterans and the protection of the freedoms we have today," said Premier Dalton McGuinty. "We must always remember our servicemen and women, past and present, who served in times of war and in times of peace."
The monument will be located on the northwest part of the front lawn at Queen's Park. It will consist of a 100-foot-long granite wall etched with scenes from Canada's war history and inscribed with text contributions from author Jane Urquhart and military historian Jack Granatstein. As well, the monument will feature a stone-paved gathering area, a seating area, paths and a gently sloping lawn.
"This monument will be a legacy forever on the grounds of the legislature for all to see and visit," said Government Services Minister Gerry Phillips. "We appreciate the dedication of the advisory committee, as well as the input of veterans, in this important project."
All parties and the Speaker of the House expressed unanimous support for the construction of the memorial on the grounds of the legislature. It is the first time in 65 years that a new monument will be built on the grounds of Queen's Park. The monument is expected to be completed in 2006.
The Veterans' Memorial Advisory Committee, under the leadership of Major-General Richard Rohmer (Retired), selected the design created by well-known Canadian artist Allan Harding MacKay and landscape architectural firm Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg. The Advisory Committee held a nation-wide competition earlier this year to determine the artist and the design firm to construct the memorial.
"The Veterans' Memorial will be a fitting tribute to the sacrifice, courage and dedication of our veterans," said Major-General Richard Rohmer. "This memorial will honour every Ontarian and Canadian who was involved in war whether they were on the front line or the home front, or in peacekeeping."
"The monument, along with The Memory Project, which is preserving the recollections of Ontario's veterans, underlines our government's respect for those who answered yes when Canada called," said Minister Responsible for Seniors Jim Bradley.