Executive Council
October 31, 2006

Government Encourages Participation in Remembrance Ceremonies

The Honourable Danny Williams, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Honourable John Ottenheimer, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, today encouraged all residents of Newfoundland and Labrador to participate in Remembrance Day ceremonies taking place throughout the province as a sign of respect for those soldiers that have served their country.

"During this special time of commemoration I encourage all residents of Newfoundland and Labrador, particularly our young people, to attend ceremonies in honour of those brave individuals who gave so much to allow us to experience the freedoms we have today," said Premier Williams. "During difficult international periods young men and women from across our province banded together for the ideals of peace and democracy. The sacrifices of these individuals should be forever remembered and embraced as a gift to each of us."

Numerous ceremonies will be conducted across Canada in honour of those who have served to protect the ideals that Canadians hold as foundations of a just society. In Newfoundland and Labrador, Premier Williams and Minister Ottenheimer will attend the Fly the Flag of Remembrance Ceremony at Confederation Building on November 1 and Premier Williams will attend the Wreath Laying Ceremony on Remembrance Day at the Newfoundland War Memorial on Water Street, St. Johnís.

Minister Ottenheimer explained that it is also important for all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to support the efforts of our countryís peacekeepers who have served, and continue to serve, in regions of the globe that have experienced turbulent times.

"Canadians have never failed to answer the call of service and the dedication of our soldiers has never wavered," stated Minister Ottenheimer. "Whenever there is an international situation that calls for the world community to provide assistance our nation is always ready to step forward in a leadership role. Newfoundlanders and Labradorians continue to play a significant role in this process and we should always keep in our thoughts and prayers, the peacekeepers who so bravely attend to troubled regions with the goal of making our global community a safe and just society."

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Media contacts:

Elizabeth Matthews
Director of Communications
Office of the Premier
709-729-3960, 351-1227
elizabethmatthews@gov.nl.ca
Ken Morrissey
Communications
Intergovernmental Affairs Secretariat
709-729-6026, 690-0525
kenmorrissey@gov.nl.ca

2006 10 31                                                      3:50 p.m.


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