POLITICS

Saskatchewan names geographic features to honour those who gave lives in service

02/17/2015 01:14 EST | Updated 04/19/2015 05:59 EDT
REGINA - Three lakes in northern Saskatchewan have been named after soldiers from the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry who died in Afghanistan.

The geomemorial recognizes the sacrifices of individuals who were born or spent time in Saskatchewan and who gave their lives in service.

Goddard Lake has been named after Capt. Nichola Goddard, who died in a firefight in May 2006.

Anderson Lake recognizes Cpl. Jordan Anderson, who was killed by an improvised explosive device while he was on patrol in the Panjwaii district in July 2007.

Greff Lake bears the name of Master Cpl. Byron Greff, who was killed in Kabul in October 2011 when the armoured bus he was in was rammed by a car packed with explosives.

About 4,000 locations across Saskatchewan bear the names of individuals who have been recognized since the program began in 1947.

Others honoured this year include:

— Pte. Alfred Blair, member of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion in the Second World War and killed in action in June 1944 (Blair Lake).

— Cpl. Willmit Willows of the Calgary Highlanders, who was wounded during bombing in France and died in July 1944 (Willows Lake).

— Capt. Juli-Ann MacKenzie of the Canadian Air Force, killed with her co-pilot in July 2002, when their helicopter crashed during bad weather while on a search-and-rescue mission in Labrador (MacKenzie Lake).

— RCMP Const. Derek Pineo, who served with the Nipawin and Wilke detachments and was killed on duty when his vehicle hit a moose in July 2012 (Pineo Point).

— Journalist Michelle Lang, killed when the armoured vehicle she was riding in hit a roadside bomb in December 2009 (Lang Bay).