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Northwest Territories Honours Veterans

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

In honour of Remembrance Day, a new web feature entitled A Place of Honour: War Casualties Commemorated in NWT Place Names is available on the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre’s website. The webpage features lists of Second World War casualties, Victoria Cross recipients, Wartime Naval losses, Canadian Military Actions and Military Commanders.“Hundreds of lakes, rivers and landmarks in the Northwest Territories (NWT) are named after the many brave Canadian men and women who gave their lives in service of their country,” says the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, Jackson Lafferty. “The courageous efforts of these individuals during the Second World War helped ensure Canadian sovereignty and establish Canada as a major player on the world stage. It is an honour to have so many NWT Place Names commemorating these individuals.”

In total, 316 NWT place names and geographic features commemorate Second World War casualties, Victoria Cross winners, military leaders and naval actions. This includes fifty-six lakes and two rivers named in honour of Royal Canadian Navy and Commonwealth ships sunk or badly damaged during World War II.

In honour of Remembrance Day, take time this month to remember all our Canadian veterans and the men and women serving today by learning about these NWT commemorative locations. To view the complete listings of War Casualties Commemorated in NWT Place Names, visit www.pwnhc.ca.

For more information, contact:

Ashley Green
Public Affairs Officer
Education, Culture and Employment
Phone: (867) 920-3059
Email: ashley_green@gov.nt.ca