Respect is not Seasonal
After observing a woman attempt to walk up snow covered stairs (unsuccessfully) to view/pay respects at our city's Cenotaph, I was compelled to contact my City Parks/Works Dept. to inquire if the area could be cleared of the snow and made more easily accessible . I was disappointed to be told that this was nobody's "job" to do this during the winter months and the area is "closed for the season". The woman I spoke to on the phone didn't even know what the cenotaph was and after I explained to her what it was she commented that she didn't know why the woman would be attempting to walk up the stairs in the first place or why they would want to this time of year. I suggested that as a family member of one of the members of service who lost their lives she (and anyone else for that matter) should be able to pay her respects or view the area any time/season she wanted.
Before taking the initiative to clear the area myself, my father advised that the area may not be maintained for the winter months to avoid accidents (slips, falls) etc. and the liability that would come along with this. I completely understand this and would never want anyone to be hurt, however also feel strongly that there are ways to prevent this from happening while still ensuring that respect can be shown always and all year round.
I am petitioning for the City of Sault Ste. Marie to find funding to ensure that this area is cleared and sanded ( if necessary) all year round. The service men and women who died while serving our country deserve our respect all year round, not just on Remembrance Day or when the weather allows for it. If you believe this and support this, please share and sign this petition.