Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

November 09, 2007 11:33 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General to Participate in Remembrance Day Events in Ottawa

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2007) - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, and Jean-Daniel Lafond, will participate in the following activities on Remembrance Day, Sunday, November 11, 2007:

11:00 a.m.

Their Excellencies along with their daughter, Marie-Eden, will attend the National Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. The Governor General will lay a wreath on behalf of the people of Canada.


12:30 p.m.

Their Excellencies will host a luncheon at Rideau Hall to pay tribute to this year's National Silver Cross Mother, Mrs. Wilhelmina Beerenfenger-Koehler who's son, the late Corporal Robbie Christopher Beerenfenger was killed near Kabul, Afghanistan in October 2003. The explosion, believed to have been triggered by the vehicle in which he was on patrol, also killed Sergeant Robert Short. Both were serving with the 3rd Battalion, the Royal Canadian regiment Battle Group as part of Operation ATHENA, Canada's military commitment to the International Security Assistance Force, the NATO-led mission in Kabul. The National Silver Cross Mother is chosen annually by the Royal Canadian Legion to represent mothers who have lost their children in the military service of our country at the National Remembrance Day Ceremony in Ottawa.

Also in attendance will be representatives of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Halifax Military Family Resource Centre, as well as artists involved in bringing to Rideau Hall an exhibit which showcases the feelings and emotions of families bidding farewell to mothers, fathers, sons and daughters, adjusting to changes in their daily lives, and then celebrating the safe return of their loved ones. The exhibit is presented in the Ambassador's Room at Rideau Hall until December 2007.


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