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11/08/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/08/2018 18:30

Construction Phase to Begin for the Memorial to the Victims of Communism – Canada, a Land of Refuge

OTTAWA, November 8, 2018

The Memorial to the Victims of Communism - Canada, a Land of Refuge came another step closer to completion today with a sod-turning ceremony at the site of the memorial on the west side of the Garden of Provinces and Territories at the corner of Wellington and Bay streets in Ottawa.

The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, was joined by Ludwik Klimkowski, Chair of Tribute to Liberty, and other dignitaries to mark the beginning of the construction phase of the project, which recognizes Canada's international role as a place of refuge for people fleeing injustice and persecution, and honours the millions who suffered under communist regimes., The event will also remember the fall of the Berlin wall, which is being marked tomorrow, November 9.

Throughout fall 2018 and winter 2019, the project will move forward by completing plans and securing the permits and approvals required for site remediation, constructing the base for the memorial, and landscaping. In addition, Paul Raff Studio will begin preparations for the construction of the 'Arc of Memory,' the main sculptural piece of the memorial. The memorial is scheduled to be inaugurated in fall 2019.