Monday, 1 August 2016
Location: Hastings County N 44 51.959 W 77 49.335
In the cemetery at the east side of town, on Highway 620.
This old memorial is found in St. Michael's Anglican Cemetery, which spans both sides of the highway. The cenotaph itself is on the north side, in the centre of the cemetery, while on both sides we can find several graves of former Canadian Forces service personal, with their distinctive gravestones. I was impressed with just how many of these gravestones can be found in this cemetery.
The memorial was originally erected to honour those lost in World War I, with the names carved into the base of the cenotaph. After World War II, the names of those lost in that war were added. On top of the memorial is the bust of a young soldier of the Great War.
Coe Hill was home to the Warrior's Day festivities and parade, which happened each year on Labour Day weekend. I had fully intended on finally attending this wonderful event this year, but sadly, 2015 was the last year it would be held. Thank you to all members of the Coe Hill branch of the Legion for promoting the event for so many years, and for continually being active in the community.
My apologies if some of the names are misspelled, as some of the engravings are weather-worn.
THAT THEIR NAMES MAY
LIVE WITH THEIR VALOR
ASLEEP IN FRANCE
1939 - 1945