Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Suggestion to Honour Troops
January 16, 2007
A suggestion to honour our troops serving overseas. Flo called VOCM Back Talk with Bill Rowe to suggest the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador medal be given to military personnel from this province. The deadline to nominate someone for the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador is Jan.31st.
Below info taken from the ONL website.
The Order of Newfoundland and Labrador is the highest honour of the province. The object of the Order is to recognize individuals who have demonstrated excellence and achievement in any field of endeavour benefiting in an outstanding manner Newfoundland and Labrador and its residents. The first investiture took place in 2004.
Any Canadian citizen who is a present or former long-term resident of Newfoundland and Labrador is eligible for nomination to the Order. The only exceptions are public officials (members of the Senate, House of Commons, House of Assembly or legislative assembly of a province, or judges) , who may not be nominated while they are in office. Posthumous nominations are not accepted. Organizations, groups, or couples may not be nominated; the Order is for individuals only. Additionally, an individual who is not a Canadian citizen or current or former long-term resident of the province, but who has demonstrated excellence in their field of endeavour, and who has benefited the province and its residents in an outstanding manner, may be nominated as an honourary member.
Why not honor them?
What greater way to honor those who serve overseas than to give them the highest order of our province? Not only give it to them but those who died serving should be given the order posthumously. We saw fit to give it to the Brad Gushue Curling team after they won Gold for Canada at the 2006 Olympic games. We made one member of that team an honourary Newfoundland and Labradorian just for the fact he was with the provincial team representing our nation. I wonder what are the thoughts of NL bloggers on this today.