Honouring Ontario's Fallen Soldiers
Premier Recognizes Courage Of Those Who Served And Extends Sympathies To Families And Friends
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 sacrifice."
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' Memorial committee.
"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."