On, Friday, February 4, PAHS President Tom O'Keefe attended a meeting held in the Placentia Bay Arts Centre. The purpose was to discuss the holding of a ceremony in June for the repatriation of medals belonging to WW1 Veteran, Lance-Corporal Martin P. Kent, and to remember all the veterans in that war from Placentia. Martin was the son of a police constable James Kent who served in Placentia for 25 years.
Guests present to explain the possible ceremony were author/researcher Deputy Chief of Police (Retired) Gary F. Browne, Fred Hawksley of Memorial University and Ian Walsh of the Royal Canadian Legion. They met with the town's Heritage Advisory Committee, chaired by Councillor Wayne Power, and gave an outline of some events and encouraged those present to consider other possible activities. A play performed by young people from the area is one possibility.
At the ceremony the medals will be turned over to the Placentia Branch of the Legion. They will be available for display at the O'Reilly House Museum during the summer and by others for special occasions. Stay connected for much more information from the Project Steering Committee. Committee members feel this ceremony will be a significant event for Placentia in 2011.