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REF NO.: 246

SUBJECT: Canadian Merchant Navy Veterans Association to hold Merchant Navy Memorial Service at Marine Institute

DATE: Aug. 26,2008

Note to Editors: 
 
            The Canadian Merchant Navy Veterans Association will hold a ceremony to commemorate the dedication of the Newfoundland Merchant Navy Memorial on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 10 a.m. at the Marine Institute.
            Eleven years ago this week, merchant navy veterans and their fallen comrades were honoured with the unveiling of this memorial. The memorial contains the names of the ships that sank in this area and the 333 individuals who gave their lives. The media and the general public are invited to attend.
            During the ceremony, 20 of the 333 names which appear on the memorial will be remembered. Ten of these veterans served on Newfoundland registered vessels and 10 served on foreign vessels during the Second World War.  
            Senator Ethel Cochrane, Trevor Taylor, provincial minister of Innovation Trade and Rural Development, St. John’s Mayor Dennis O’Keefe and Dr. Eddy Campbell, acting president of Memorial University, will be on hand to honour the veterans.
            A reception will be held in the main lobby of the Marine Institute following the ceremony.

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For more information, please contact Stephanie Barrett, public relations and communications officer, Fisheries and Marine Institute, (709) 778-0677 / (709) 687-6508, stephanie.barrett@mi.mun.ca.  

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