Today I made the following statement in the House of Assembly:
I stand in the House today to honour Silver Cross representative Natasha Lucas, her son Matthew, and daughter Mackenzie, who yesterday laid a wreath of remembrance at the Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Memorial in St. John's.
Their husband and father Sgt. Donald Lucas was one of six Canadian soldiers who were tragically killed after a roadside bomb exploded near them in Afghanistan on April 8, 2007.
This tragic incident also claimed the life of another Newfoundlander and Labradorian -- Pte. Kevin Kennedy of St. Lawrence.
Sgt. Lucas, whose parents Ella and Fred reside in the district of St. John’s North, started his military career with the Royal Newfoundland Regiment before transferring to the 2nd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, based at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown in New Brunswick.
He has been described by his fellow soldiers as a charismatic leader who often spoke of his love for his wife and children.
Silver Cross representatives symbolize those left behind by the casualties of war. I ask all members to join me in honouring Silver Cross representative Natasha Lucas and the Lucas family.
Let us dedicate our work here to all those who gave so much.