Oakville to honour Colonel Parker on June 19 at George’s Square Memorial and Cenotaph

Monday, June 14, 2010 – for immediate release

Oakville to honour Colonel Parker on June 19 at George’s Square Memorial and Cenotaph

To honour the life of Colonel Geoff Parker, a public commemoration will be held on Saturday, June 19 at 2 p.m. at the George’s Square Memorial and Cenotaph located at Trafalgar Road and Palmer Street in Oakville.

Born and raised in Oakville, Colonel Parker was killed in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday, May 18, when a suicide car bomber attacked the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) convoy he was travelling with. He was the highest-ranking Canadian Forces soldier to be killed in Afghanistan.

A bronze commemorative plaque honouring Colonel Parker will be unveiled as part of the tribute until a permanent feature at the George’s Square Memorial and Cenotaph can be designed and installed.

“On behalf of everyone in Oakville, I offer my sincere condolences to Colonel Parker’s family,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “The town is proud to join the family in celebrating his life.”

A graduate of White Oaks Secondary School, Parker joined the 1188 Lorne Scots Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps when he was 13 years old.  He began his military career in 1989 and spent time in Belleville, Petawawa and New Brunswick. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Members of the public are invited to pay tribute to Colonel Parker on June 19. Please note that on-street parking is limited.

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Media contact

Janine Ivings
Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3005
jivings@oakville.ca


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Oakville to honour Colonel Parker on June 19 at George’s Square Memorial and Cenotaph