QUEEN’S PARK – Yesterday Norm Miller, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka spoke in the Legislature about Remembrance Day and the Parry Sound Community Remembrance Project.
Mr. Norm Miller: As we approach Remembrance Day, I rise in the House to pay tribute to the men and women who have served and are currently with the Canadian Armed Forces. Our veterans risked their lives in defense of the freedoms, rights and security we enjoy as Canadians. We have the solemn duty to ensure that their contributions and sacrifices are never forgotten.
I’m honoured to inform the House that high school students in my riding have taken on this duty with pride. Students from Parry Sound High School and St. Dominic Catholic Secondary School in Bracebridge traveled to France to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
Students from Parry Sound High School honoured their experience by spearheading the Community Remembrance Project, which created 59 banners featuring 118 veterans. These banners will be hung annually in downtown Parry Sound, and community members contributed the names of featured veterans. The interest was overwhelming. There are hopes to expand the project so that even more local veterans can be recognized.
The Community Remembrance Project is supported by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 117, the town of Parry Sound, the Museum on Tower Hill and the downtown business association. I commend all those who brought this program into existence, especially the students at Parry Sound High School.
May the memory of those who have given so much, so that we can meet here today in peace and security, never be forgotten.