Longview, Alberta has a new Memorial Garden and Plaque dedicated to all Veterans, Serving Military and 911 Personnel.
With a lot of fundraising, grants and donations a total of almost $60,000 was raised to build the gardens. Longview Mayor, Ivor McCorquindale, noted that this cost would have been much closer to $100,000 if it hadn’t been for all the materials and time donated by the volunteers.
The largest single donation came from Legacy Oil & Gas who donated $20,000 to the project.
The Dedication Ceremony was held on Saturday, September 15th at 1:30pm. Joining Mayor Ivor McCorquindale were special guests, His Honour Col. (Ret’d) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell, OC, OMM, AOE, MCS, CD, LLD, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta; Minister of State (Finance) Ted Menzies MP for Macleod; Pat Stier MLA Livingstone-Macleod; Michel Jackson President Royal Canadian Legion Turner Valley Branch #78; Trent J. Yanko, President and CEO, Legacy Oil & Gas Inc. as well as community members and friends.
His Honour Donald Ethell said, “It is important to recognize the service of first responders like firefighters and paramedics along with military personnel and veterans”.
“Our war memorials are powerful reminders of the sacrifices that generations of Canadians have made for the peace and freedom we enjoy today,” said Minister of State Ted Menzies. “Our Government also commends the Village of Longview for its commitment to this project that honours the legacy of the brave men and women who served our country.”
“It’s the importance to the community and it relates to remembering veterans and 911 personnel,” Trent Yanko said. “It was something that I think had to be done and it’s important.”
The donation came from the company, rather than from the charitable foundation established for community initiatives set up with proceeds of a water license transfer with the Town of Okotoks.
Following the ceremony light refreshments were served in the Longview Community Hall.
However, nothing I can say would even shine a light to the heartfelt letter that came from M.P. (Patricia) Murphy, Major, Aide-de-Camp … please take a moment to read the letter here: Legacy Memorial Garden letter to Village of Longview at http://www.village.longview.ab.ca/MemNote.pdf