Tribute to Labrador's Son

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It's a touching story of one young mans survival to get back home again. After three days lost out on the sea ice near his home town of Makkovik, Labrador, Burton Winters succumbed to the elements.

Signs normally paraded during the Labrador Winter Games Ceremony were held high last night by community members from across Labrador. A symbol of unity in aupport of a 'Burton Winters Rescue Centre'

It's a touching story of one young mans survival to get back home again. After three days lost out on the sea ice near his home town of Makkovik, Labrador, Burton Winters succumbed to the elements.

Amongst the phone calls, policies, protocols and procedures that took place in the coordination of the search, according to the DND report, a second phone call was one of the factors that lay between life and death for the 14-year-old.

Over 600 Labradorians joined together last evening in Happy Valley-Goose Bat to pay tribute to Burton Winters plight and also to follow through with the slogan that has now become a common association to his story "He walked this far...we will finish the walk."

It's been a little over three weeks since the tragic news came from Makkovik. But people are not giving up in fighting for Search and Rescue center to be placed in Labrador.

Last night, petitions to the Government were being signed left right and center.

Willie Flowers, Burton's best buddy, said he was very happy that he made it to the ceremony. "I came up for an eye appointment and I just got lucky I guess."

"I think its pretty good they care and love him"

The gathering was organized through social media Facebook group Burton Winters Rescue Centre. It drew in residents from north, south, east, west and central Labrador communities - travelling by skidoo, plane, road to make to the arena parking lot to pay tribute to Burton who was found on the ice just over three weeks ago.

Similar events also took place at the Confederation building in St. John's last evening.

Organizations: DND, Rescue center, Burton's Burton Winters Rescue Centre

Geographic location: Labrador, Makkovik, Happy Valley St. John's

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