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Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee listens as Roy Main, Chief Administrative Officer, reads a motion during Tuesday's monthly council meeting.
Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee says there’s more to 2014 than celebrating the 150th anniversary of the historic Charlottetown Conference.
Lee said next year also marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War.
Lee wants to do something next year to mark the occasions and he’s asking residents to pass along any ideas they might have.
“If it wasn’t for the men and women who served in those two wars we wouldn’t even be thinking about celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Fathers of Confederation (meeting),’’ Lee said. “Clearly, the beginning of the wars may not be something you celebrate but they certainly, in my view, are something that you recognize and you take the time to acknowledge the contribution of those veterans.’’
The mayor realizes, unfortunately, that most of those veterans have died but stresses the need to remember them always remains
“What I’m looking to do is ensure that the city of Charlottetown, throughout 2014, also takes every possible opportunity to recognize the service of our veterans to this country.’’
Lee said he has already talked to Charlottetown branch of the Royal Canadian Legion and looks forward to working with legion members on ideas.
He’s also looking for input from the public, asking residents to call him or email him with ideas.
“I think it’s key we remember the men and women, many of whom gave their lives so we can enjoy the freedoms that we have today.’’
Lee said he’s open to celebrating all three historic events together or separately.
“One of the things we are seriously looking at is a public service and invite all Charlottetownians, Islanders and visitors to a large gathering and have someone talk about the history of the two world wars and remember the veterans who have served our country.’’
The city will accept input by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 566-5548.
“Give us a call, let us know what your ideas are. I would encourage members of the community to drop me an email, give me a call and make suggestions.’’