Location: Dufferin County N 43.90504 W -80.12955
On the east side of Riddell Road (Dufferin Rd. 109), in the park behind the BMX track at the Alder Street Community Centre.
Bravery Park is the newest memorial in Ontario, unveiled to great fanfare and ceremony on September 3, 2021. It was truly the effort of a dedicated community to making this park a reality. The idea of this beautiful park was inspired by the death of local hero Cpl. Matthew McCully, who was killed in action in Afghanistan may 25, 2007. His family (sister Shannon McGrady and mother Valerie McGrady)was the driving force behind the memorial, along with the Royal Canadian Legion and dozens of local volunteers.
The unveiling ceremony was attended by invitation only, but was well supported by veterans, sponsors and donors, local politicians, bands, armoured vehicles and local dignitaries. Speeches were given by many guest speakers including the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswel, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) William Adcock, former CF sniper and spokesman Jody Mitic and Shannon McGrady. The Canadian Forces Snowbirds did a flyover of the ceremony. I was not one of those privileged to attend the service, but I did make an appearance after the ceremony to pay my respects and to capture the emotion of the day.
I would like to use some of Shannon's speech here to convey the message of thanks for all who have served:
"And finally, our troops. The reason we are all here today. We are deeply honoured to have so many of you join us. Although this park is often portrayed as a memorial to my brother, it isn’t and never was. It was inspired by his legacy, but this park has always been about all of you.