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Valour Place

The Loyal Edmonton Regiment Military Museum proudly supports Valour Place, a temporary home away from home for injured soldiers, veterans and their families while in Edmonton for medical treatment and rehabilitation.

Valour Place will enable Canadian military families to live together in a supportive environment during a difficult time. It will be the first home of its kind in Canada and will welcome all Canadian Forces members, veterans of WWII, the Korean War, and the numerous peacekeeping and peacemaking missions Canada has participated in. Valour Place will also welcome members of the RCMP. The 10,000 square foot facility will consist of 12 barrier-free suites with common kitchen, dining, and living areas. It is hoped that the facility will be built by early 2012 and that it will become a model for military support homes in other cities in Canada.

Spearheaded by Dennis Erker, Honourary Col. of The Loyal Edmonton Regiment, and John Stanton, Honourary LCol., the Valour Place committee has raised over $7 million of the $10 million needed to build and run the facility, mostly through private donations. The Province of Alberta gave a one time start up grant of $1 million.

On April 19, 2011, the official groundbreaking and community fundraising launch was held at the Valour Place site – 11109 111 St. While generous private donations have raised a large portion of the funds needed, ongoing fundraising activities will continue to raise the balance of the funds.

As the first major public fund raising event since the groundbreaking, The Loyal Edmonton Regiment hosted a “Walk for Valour” on April 23, 2011. Second World War veterans Bill Teleske and Maurice White led the walk which involved more than 800 people. The walk went from Jefferson Armoury to Prince of Wales Armouries Heritage Centre and then on to the Alberta Legislature. After a brief ceremony, the walk returned along much of the same route and ended at the Valour Place site. The walk raised approximately $40,000 for the project.

The Loyal Edmonton Regiment Military Museum supported the walk by providing volunteer workers and opening the museum galleries to the participants and their families during the walk.

For information about Valour Place and how you can help with this project, go to www.valourplace.ca.

 

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