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CFNL officially launched the fundraiser by presenting Their Honours the Honourable Frank F. Fagan, CM, ONL, MBA and Patricia Fagan with the first two “We Remember” pins in a ceremony at Government House on Friday, May 6. This presentation recognizes the Lieutenant Governor’s roles as representative of the Crown, Honorary Colonel of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, and patron of CFNL.
“The Maple Leaf Fund provides direct support to military personnel and their families in this province at times when they’re at risk of falling through the cracks,” says Paul McDonald, Chair of CFNL’s Board of Directors. “As we look back on the Battle of Beaumont Hamel, one of the most significant tragedies in this province’s military history, we want to ensure that none of the military service members in our province today are forgotten or left behind.”
“We are proud to present the ‘We Remember’ forget-me-not pin in support of this wonderful cause,” say Julie and Terry George, owners of The Golden Tulip. “Sometimes in business you get a chance to do some real good. This was an opportunity for us to design and create a unique heirloom piece that not only commemorates the fallen but honours the living members of Newfoundland and Labrador’s military. You might say this pin takes us full circle.”
“This is the first time that jewellery crafted from certified Newfoundland gold has been available for purchase,” says Allan Cramm, Vice-President of Mining Operations, Anaconda Mining. “With the province-wide commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Beaumont Hamel, Anaconda Mining is pleased to donate the gold for this initiative which acknowledges the sacrifices of the past while also supporting current military personnel and their families.”
The Community Foundation of NL has partnered with The Golden Tulip Fine Jewellery and Anaconda Mining to create the “We Remember” pin. From left to right: Terry George, Co-owner, The Golden Tulip; Paul McNeill, Vice President Exploration, Anaconda; Julie George, Co-Owner, The Golden Tulip; William Mahoney, Treasurer, CFNL; Ainsley Hawthorn, Executive Director, CFNL; Allan Cramm, Vice President Mining Operations, Anaconda; Jessie Cramm.
This custom designed, sterling silver pin features three forget-me-not blossoms with an inset of Newfoundland gold to represent the past, present, and future of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment in our province. It can be worn as a lapel pin or jewellery item in recognition and remembrance of Newfoundland and Labrador’s military service members. Limited edition pins are on sale now and can be ordered from The Golden Tulip, 295 Water Street, or by visiting their website: http://thegoldentulip.ca