Tribute to Liberty is a Canadian charitable organization whose mission is to establish a memorial to victims of totalitarian Communism in Canada’s National Capital Region. This will be a National memorial, in downtown Ottawa between Parliament Hill and the Canadian War Museum, and once built it will be maintained by the National Capital Commission (NCC).
This is the only memorial in Canada that includes the word "communism" and Tribute to Liberty came to a compromise with the NCC by adding the word "totalitarian" in front. The NCC suggested that "victims of oppression" be used but Tribute to Liberty told the NCC that without the word "communism" the memorial would loose its purpose.
It is profoundly appropriate that a Canadian organization is establishing a memorial in Canada to commemorate victims of totalitarian Communism. Over eight million Canadians trace their roots—and many their own lives—to countries that lived or live under Communism. Further, the memorial will recognize the role Canada has played in offering refuge to the millions that left behind suffering and repression to live in a free and democratic country.
In just over two years, Tribute to Liberty has accomplished the first major objectives of its mission:
· Received approval from the NCC to build the memorial on National Capital Region land (September 2009)
· Launched the “Pathway to Liberty” fundraising campaign (October 2009)
· Received the official support of the Government of Canada (Throne Speech 2010)
· Received charitable status (May 2010)
· Received federal land for the memorial in the Garden of the Provinces and Territories in Ottawa (August 2010)
· Gained the support of communities, elected officials and media for the memorial
Tribute to Liberty's next objectives to complete its mission are:
· Raising the funds necessary to build the memorial
· Conducting a national design competition to choose a design for the memorial
· Overseeing the construction of the memorial and the development of the site the memorial will be located on
· Unveiling the memorial
The immediate objective is to raise needed funds to call for the design competition that is a requirement by the NCC for a major memorial. Tribute to Liberty has applied for government grants, and likely will receive some financial support. However affected communities must first show their support of the project by donating.
Any size donation is welcome. And a donation of $100 buys a brick for the online “Pathway to Liberty”; each brick can be donated with a story of a victim of Communism, a message or dedication. There are five brick donor categories: Brick - $100; Supporter - $100 to $999; Friend - $1,000 to $9,999; Benefactor - $10,000 to $49,999; and Patron - $50,000 (and over).
Because it is the policy of the NCC to not include donor recognition as part of the commemorative site, Tribute to Liberty has created a way of recognizing donors on the virtual “Pathway to Liberty” (www.tributetoliberty.ca). Donors will receive recognition on Tribute to Liberty’s website, in Tribute to Liberty’s newsletter, and in a commemorative booklet to be published at the completion of the project. Patrons of the Memorial to Victims of Totalitarian Communism will become part of the Tribute to Liberty’s Board of Patrons.
All Canadian donors, except charitable organizations and foundations, will receive official tax receipts. Anyone can also request to be an anonymous pathway brick donor, but will receive a tax receipt. Charitable Registration: 81499660 R0001.
The memorial to victims of totalitarian Communism will serve as a public reminder of the millions of forgotten victims of Communism, and will finally bring the suffering of these victims into the public’s consciousness. But this will not happen without donations from those who support the idea of the memorial.
Tell your story and donate to the memorial to victims of totalitarian Communism in Ottawa.
Source: Tribute to Liberty website (www.tributetoliberty.ca)
Photo: View of Garden of the Provinces and Territories, National Capital Commission