Encourages all Ontarians to take part in Remembrance Day
QUEEN’S PARK, TORONTO: This week in the Ontario Legislature, Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norman Miller rose to congratulate the community of MacTier on the installation of a new cenotaph and highlight Patrick Boyer’s new book about World War I. Miller also encouraged all Ontarians to take part in Remembrance Day.
Mr. Norman Miller: I rise today as we approach Remembrance Day to speak about two local initiatives designed to help ensure we never forget the sacrifices of our veterans.
This past weekend, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 507 in MacTier unveiled their new cenotaph. The new structure replaces an aging and crumbling cenotaph which had been in place for decades. Over the past year, this small community raised more than $30,000 to design and build this new memorial.
The new cenotaph includes a plaque listing the names of all the local men and women who served in the First and Second World Wars. I want to congratulate Legion Branch 507 president Bruce Henn, members of the Legion and the community of MacTier on having this new cenotaph ready for Remembrance Day.
In another effort to ensure we remember those who fought for our freedoms, local historian Patrick Boyer has published a new book entitled “Muskokans Fight the Great War: Striking Back for the Empire, 1914-1918.” I hope to attend one of his readings over the next few weeks, and I look forward to reading his book.
I encourage everyone to do more than wear a poppy at this time of year. Take some time to attend a Remembrance Day service, stop at a cenotaph or learn more about Canada’s military history. Our veterans did their duty to protect our country; it is our duty to remember.