Town seeking names of local veterans who served after the Second World War

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 – for immediate release

Town seeking names of local veterans who served after the Second World War

New memorial at George’s Square will honour military personnel of the modern era

The Town of Oakville is seeking names for a new memorial that will honour local military veterans who served Canada following the Second World War. The new Veterans’ Memorial will sit adjacent to the existing cenotaph at George’s Square and is intended for those who are not included in the First World War or Second World War tributes.

“It’s important to recognize those who proudly serve our country,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Their contributions to the nation should be honoured. We want them to know that the residents of Oakville appreciate them and do not take their service and sacrifice for granted.”

For the purposes of this memorial, a veteran is defined as a man or woman who was living in Oakville at the time of their enlistment; and a man or woman who has served in, or with, one of the three recognized branches of the Canadian Armed Forces including the Army, Navy or Air Force, during an active armed conflict or operational theatre.

Active service members are also eligible, and include those involved in any joint operation coordinated by the United Nations, NATO or similar multi-nation efforts such as Afghanistan.

To submit a name for consideration, please visit the George’s Square page to download a nomination form. Submissions will be accepted until Friday, June 29, 2012.

The new memorial, which will be unveiled later this year, will feature a special tribute to Colonel Geoff Parker. An Oakville native, Colonel Parker was killed while serving in Kabul, Afghanistan when a suicide car bomber attacked the International Security Assistance Force convoy he was travelling in. He is the highest-ranking Canadian Forces soldier to lose his life in Afghanistan.

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For more information contact

Janis Olbina
Manager of Park Planning and Development
905-845-6601, ext. 3148
jolbina@oakville.ca

Kimberly Moser
Senior Communications Advisor
905-845-6601, ext. 3096
kmoser@oakville.ca


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