Labour council moving Day of Mourning ceremony to May 10

Diane Crocker
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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.

“They think that their loved ones have finally been recognized for what happened to them,” said Jim O’Neill, chairperson of the Corner Brook and District Labour Council.

The council is getting set to add four new names to that monument — Albert Reid,  Rudy Serrick, Perry Earle and Wayne Wall.

They’ll 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.

“It’s weather related more than anything,” said O’Neill of the change. “It’s because we had such a long winter.”

He said a couple of weeks ago when the committee decided to make the change there was still a lot of snow around.

O’Neill 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.

“It’s unpleasant enough being down there in the rain, but with the ground muddy it would be even worse,” O’Neill said.

He said the council has permission from the Canadian Labour Congress to move the event and having it take place later is something he’d 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’Neill or any member of the Corner Brook and District Labour Council.  

Organizations: District Labour Council.The council, Labour Congress, Corner Brook and District Labour Council

Geographic location: Mill Road, Corner Brook

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  • Geraldine Wheeler
    April 25, 2014 - 15:13

    I am very disappointed that the wreath laying ceremony is being postponed. I know that it is very uncomfortable standing out in the cold rain, wind, sleet, etc. It seems that April 28 is always a cold, wet day. But it is only a half hour or 45 minutes. It certainly won't be the same having the wreath laying on another day. I hope that the labour council will not make this a permanent change.