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Plans in place for return of the Day of Mourning

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The Elliot Lake Day of Mourning Selection Committee will be resuming its annual marking of the day this year.

With the lifting of COVID-19 mandates, spokesperson Amelia D’Amato says the committee has decided on four names to be added to a new column at the Miners’ Memorial on the shores of Horne Lake.

She says the new column will be in front of the miner statue.

D’Amato adds sculptor Laura Brown Breetvelt has also been commissioned to design a bronze miner’s helmet to sit beside the miner which will be designed to illuminate the names on the new column.

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She says the inductees are Ronald Johnston, Julien Marcotte, Giuseppe Persechino and Paul Trudel.

The ceremony will be held on April 28th.

The committee has also referred three additional names to city hall staff; Raymond Beaulieu, John Hembruff and Felix Sabourin.

D’Amato adds they anticipate their regular guest speakers along with special guest Kim Arnold who will give a live performance of her original song, “In My Memory,” written in honour of those who dedicated their services in the Elliot Lake mines and those who suffer still today due to occupational illness and disease, and pandemic related circumstances.

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