Memorial planned for fallen workers

Story from CBC Manitoba:

Plans were unveiled Tuesday for a three-monument memorial in Winnipeg to honour and recognize firefighters, peace officers and workers who have died on the job.

"Remembering and honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice is our way of paying tribute to them. As Manitobans we must show that their selflessness does not go unnoticed," stated a joint release from Robert Belanger, president of the Peace officers Foundation, Alex Forrest, president of Fire Fighters Foundation, and Larry Pelzer, president of the Workers Foundation.

"This memorial has been a vision of our organizations for some time, and we have to give credit to Premier [Greg] Selinger and his government for standing alongside us and driving this initiative.

"It was this government that created legislation in 2007 establishing an act giving our foundations the authority to raise funds for the memorial, for its design, location, and maintenance."

Design, cost and construction timelines for the memoral, which will stand in Memoral Park across from the Manitoba legislative building, are in the early stages of development.

Artistic renderings of the monument were unveiled at the announcement at the legislature.

"All Manitobans owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the firefighters, peace officers and workers who protect and enhance our quality of life," said Selinger.

"These monuments in Memorial Park will serve as a permanent reminder of their immeasurable contributions and sacrifices."

Read the story at CBC Manitoba.

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