I wish to draw your readers’ attention to the new memorial commemorating the Cougar and Universal Helicopter disasters and the memorial dedicated to those lost on the Ocean Ranger.
It is my opinion these two memorials should be incorporated into one offshore workers’ memorial, with plaques for each incident affixed.
Memorials are important monuments to remind people that these tragic events have occurred.
They provide the people who experienced these tragedies with closure, and remind others of the learning and changes that have been made since the loss of life to prevent any re-occurrences.
The location of the helicopter memorial is ideal as it is easily accessible on Quidi Vidi Lake and it looks over the ocean towards the workers, rigs and ships giving a sense of nostalgia to the families and friends of those immortalized on the memorial.
Out of sight
This is not the case with the Ocean Ranger memorial.
It is located at Confederation Building in a remote area.
As an ex-offshore worker, I try to attend the annual service for the Ocean Ranger at the church and occasionally visit the memorial at the Confederation Building.
It is my opinion that the location of the Ocean Ranger memorial is totally unacceptable.
The Ocean Ranger memorial is virtually unapproachable in the winter and a long walk from parking areas in its present location.
Before the Cougar memorial is cast in stone, I believe it should be recommissioned as an offshore workers’ memorial, emblazoned with the images of an oil rig, with a helicopter on its deck and a supply vessel floating close by, with areas on the memorial to affix future plaques (which I hope will never be utilized) to commemorate future lost souls.