Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

September 18, 2005 13:00 ET

VAC/Charlottetown Dedicates New Service Memorial Fountain

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 18, 2005) - The new Prince Edward Island Service Memorial Fountain was officially dedicated today in Charlottetown. The Honourable Albina Guarnieri, Minister of Veterans Affairs, His Honour, The Honourable Leonce Bernard, Lieutenant Governor of PEI, Premier Pat Binns and Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee were joined by Veterans and families for the ceremony.

"Monuments are built to be eternal tributes to achievement and sacrifice," said Minister Guarnieri. "This fountain reminds us that our lives flow freely because our Veterans risked theirs for our freedom."

The Prince Edward Island Service Memorial Fountain is located in the northeast quadrant of Queen's Square, facing Grafton Street and Veterans Affairs Canada's national head office in Charlottetown. It acknowledges the service of Prince Edward Islanders in Canada's military, in Canada and across the world, in the interest of peace and the security of our nation. It recognizes those who serve as members of our national and municipal police forces and as federal and municipal peace officers maintaining peace and good order in our communities. It also honours the men and women in community fire services across PEI who daily protect homes and businesses despite the inherent dangers.

"The Service Memorial Fountain is intended to draw attention to those who serve under a unique 'unlimited liability contract' and who are prepared to sacrifice life, limb and peace of mind and, as well, pays homage to those who have sacrificed their lives in the performance of their respective duties," said Colonel Bill Minnis, Chairman of the project.

Island Veteran Recognized

Earlier today, Minister Guarnieri presented the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation to Mr. Dudley Pearn of Miscouche, PEI for his outstanding commitment to serving his fellow Canadians.

The Commendation is awarded to individuals who have contributed to the care and well-being of Veterans and to the remembrance of their contributions, sacrifices and achievements. It is intended primarily for Veterans, but in rare circumstances may also be awarded to non-Veterans.

The Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation consists of a bar, which can be worn above or below official decorations on a Veteran's blazer, a lapel pin for civilian wear and a certificate. More information, including an image of the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation, can be found on the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

Citation - Dudley Pearn

Miscouche, Prince Edward Island

A Veteran of the Canadian Air Force, Mr. Pearn provides Veterans and widows with transportation to medical appointments, and he also assists them with their Income Tax returns. A member of the Royal Canadian Legion (RCL), he has held several senior positions at the Miscouche Legion. Mr. Pearn was presented with the RCL's Life Membership in recognition of his life-long devotion to Veterans. He has devoted much effort to ensure that the memory of the sacrifice and contributions of Canadian Veterans are never forgotten. Mr. Pearn painted large portraits of each Victoria Cross winner and had them displayed at the local Branch. He organized and staffed an information booth to help promote the Juno Beach Centre and the fund-raising campaign of the Wal-Mart chain. Mr. Pearn is a recipient of the Royal Canadian Legion's Meritorious Service Medal and Palm Leaf, the Senate of Canada Volunteer Medal, the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal and the St. John's Ambulance Advocacy Award.

2005 is the Year of the Veteran: Celebrate. Honour. Thank. Remember. Teach.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Nadine Girouard
    A/Regional Director, Canada Remembers
    (902) 426-1702
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Corey Hobbs
    Director of Communications
    (613) 947-4908