Legion members celebrate war memorial
Town officials and dignitaries gathered at the Huntsville war memorial Friday afternoon to officially announce a $39,750 grant from the Ministry of Veterans Affairs for the construction of the project. Participating in the announcement are (left to right) Huntsville mayor Claude Doughty, Gord Jennings of Legion Branch 232, Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement, Bernice Greenfield and Tony Evans of the legion. For more Remembrance Day photos turn to A10.
November 14, 2012
HUNTSVILLE - “I’d just like to thank you so much.”
Bernice Greenfield said a great deal with those few words, as she, along with other representatives from the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 232, were on hand Friday to acknowledge the funding from the federal government and the Town of Huntsville toward the construction of the veterans’ commemorative area.
The Town of Huntsville received a $39,750 grant from the Ministry of Veterans Affairs through its community war memorial program for the construction of the project. The town has matched the funding amount and town officials and other dignitaries joined legion representatives on Friday for the ceremony at the park.
The commemorative area, which is located on Forbes Hill Drive between the University of Waterloo building and the Canada Summit Centre, has a circular design with four granite pillars in the centre. There are plans to have the names of every area veteran etched into those pillars, including those who did not return home from battle.
Part of the 80-acre property that the memorial is on had been donated to the town following the First World War for the purpose of remembrance.
Greenfield has been part of a committee that has worked over the past three years on getting the monument constructed. She jokingly told the crowd gathered for Friday’s presentation that her thoughts were that “we are all going to be dead before we see it.”
“But we are still alive, we are seeing it and we are loving it. Hopefully we will be able to get the names on and hopefully we will be able to do it with all the veterans from our area and not just the people who lost their lives. So many people came back with so many disabilities and have given us such freedom ... it is so wonderful.”
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Huntsville Mayor Claude Doughty said that the monument demonstrated a good co-operative initiative between the town and the federal government.
“We are happy to see that it is coming along and close to fruition,” he said.
Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement, who was there to officially make the presentation on behalf of the ministry, said the Huntsville monument is “a work in progress.”
“We are very much looking forward to its completion … it is my honour to see this project come to fruition and may it always be here not only for ourselves but for future generations to remember, to ponder the sacrifices that were made for their freedoms, their democracy and perhaps it will be a conclusion they will reach that it is their responsibility to remember and to continue on to their children and their children’s children as well.”
— With files from Alison Brownlee
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