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Jim O'Neill, chair of the local Day of Mourning ceremony, addresses the crowd at the annual event held in Corner Brook in this April 2012 file photo..
For many the names engraved in the granite monument on Mill Road may not mean much, but for the families of those people knowing they have been honoured can mean so much.
‚ÄúThey think that their loved ones have finally been recognized for what happened to them,‚ÄĚ said Jim O‚ÄôNeill, chairperson of the Corner Brook and District Labour Council.
The council is getting set to add four new names to that monument ‚ÄĒ Albert Reid, Rudy Serrick, Perry Earle and Wayne Wall.
They‚Äôll join the more than 40 names already there, all people who lost their lives as a result of industrial accidents on the job or travelling to or from their workplace.
Normally, the council holds an event at the monument on April 28, the National Day of Mourning, but this year has decided to move the event to May 10.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs weather related more than anything,‚ÄĚ said O‚ÄôNeill of the change. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs because we had such a long winter.‚ÄĚ
He said a couple of weeks ago when the committee decided to make the change there was still a lot of snow around.
O‚ÄôNeill said a check of the site earlier this week showed the snow has melted, but the ground around the monument is still wet and muddy.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs unpleasant enough being down there in the rain, but with the ground muddy it would be even worse,‚ÄĚ O‚ÄôNeill said.
He said the council has permission from the Canadian‚ÄąLabour Congress to move the event and having it take place later is something he‚Äôd like to see happen every year.
The Day of Mourning service will take place at the monument at 2 p.m. on May 10.
Anyone would like to have a loved ones name added to the monument, can contact O‚ÄôNeill or any member of the Corner Brook and District Labour Council.