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The Cooperative Funeral Home, 222 Lasalle Blvd. E. is setting up a place of honour for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan. Since the war against terrorism began, there have been 158 Canadian soldiers killed. Part of the mission in Afghanistan is to protect the rights of individuals, especially women and children. "In Canada, we take our freedom for granted, whereas in parts of the world freedom is a privilege for the few, not the many", says Daniel Johnston. "The Flags of Our Heroes are dedicated to the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice, as well as for those serving in Afghanistan, and they will not be taken down until all of our troops are safe at home when the mission ends", says Daniel Johnston.
There are two other firms joining us in this demonstration of support for our troops. It is thought that these are the only three funeral homes in Canada to have done this and hoped many of the other independent funeral homes will follow suit.
The Cooperative Funeral Home is a local institution that began operation in 1953 to serve the Greater Sudbury & area. We welcome people of all faiths and particularly those who share our belief that we must "Celebrate Life".
Sudbury, August 30th, 2011 - An impressive Canadian Flag was raised that morning on the property of the Cooperative Funeral Home, Sudbury District. The flag-raising ceremony marks the start of the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Cooperative, founded in 1952. "Since December 2009, we have been honouring Canada's fallen soldiers in Afghanistan. We have planted small flags in front of our building at the corner of Lasalle Blvd. and Notre-Dame Ave. to honour the 158 soldiers who have lost their lives to date. Today's flag raising ceremony is meant as a first permanent reminder of their sacrifice" explains Gerry Berthelot, President of the Cooperative Funeral Home. "Over the coming year, there will be further expressions of our respect for Canada's fallen, our support for their families and the military personnel in our region who have participated in the Afghan conflict." The Federal Member of Parliament for Sudbury Glenn Thibeault, also spoke at the event this morning. "We must thank the personnel, the administrators and the nearly 4000 members of the Cooperative Funeral Home, Sudbury District, for this expression of gratitude that touches all the citizens of our community".
Founded on July 1st, 1952, Sudbury's cooperative funeral home - the first of its kind in Canada, was established in downtown Sudbury. Today, there are three locations to better serve the population of Sudbury, Chelmsford and Hanmer.