Provincial Government Recognizes Labrador Veterans
July 2, 2015
Honouring Our Veterans
The Provincial Government, in cooperation with the Royal Canadian Legion, announced yesterday at a Memorial Day ceremony in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, that the bridge spanning the Churchill River has been named the Veterans Memorial Bridge. The name is in honour of Labradorians who served in wars and major conflicts both past and present.
“I am pleased to join with residents of Newfoundland and Labrador, and members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 51, to officially name the bridge spanning the Churchill River the Veterans Memorial Bridge. Men and women from Labrador have served in major conflicts and wars over the years, including the First and Second World Wars, the Polish Free Forces, the Korean Conflict and the Boer War, and this new name is a fitting tribute to their honour. The Veterans Memorial Bridge will help ensure the memory of our many veterans and their sacrifices will carry on for generations to come.”
– The Honourable David Brazil, Minister of Transportation and Works
Construction on the Veterans Memorial Bridge started in the fall of 2004 and opened to traffic with the Trans Labrador Highway extension to Cartwright in 2009.
“As the Minister of Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs, I am honoured to join with the Labrador community in officially naming the Veterans Memorial Bridge in honour of our local veterans. The bridge itself is a symbol of connectedness, a source of unity and, in a very tangible sense, freedom. These ideals formed an integral part of our veterans’ call to duty. This bridge is a fitting tribute to their commitment to our freedom and safety in all major conflicts.”
– The Honourable Keith Russell, Minister of Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
The Veterans Memorial Bridge was constructed at a cost of approximately $23 million. It is the longest bridge in Newfoundland and Labrador spanning 360 metres. Newfoundland and Labrador has a proud history of recognizing its veterans as evidenced by the Veterans Memorial Highway, Memorial University and the ferries Beaumont Hamel, Flanders and Gallipolli.
- The Veterans Memorial Bridge spanning the Churchill River was officially named yesterday in honour of Labrador Veterans who have served in the World Wars and major conflicts.
- The Veterans Memorial Bridge was constructed at a cost of approximately $23 million and is the longest bridge in Newfoundland and Labrador spanning 360 metres.
- There are over 200 men and women from Labrador who currently serve in the armed forces.
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Department of Transportation and Works
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Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs