The Garden of Honour is a place of reflection for families, friends and visitors to take a moment to pay tribute to British Columbia's first responders who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the province.
The date of the dedication was chosen to coincide with the National Day of Mourning, an occasion that was started in Sudbury, Ontario in 1984 and became an official annual day of remembrance on April 28th, 1985. The purpose of the National Day of Mourning is to remember and honour those lives lost or injured, to renew the committment to improving health and safety in the workplace, and to prevent further deaths, injuries and diseases from work. It is in this spirit that the Garden of Honour is dedicated on this day.
The plantings in the garden are designed to reflect the colours in the British Columbia flag. All of the plants and shrubs were donated by various garden nurseries. The transportation of the plants was also donated, and the planting work was carried out under the direction of the Legislative Facilities Planning department.
May we never forget.