Location: Brant County N 43 11.529 W 80 23.029
At the corner of Grand River Street and Mechanic Street, immediately north of the river.
This memorial is in a busy and honoured spot along the main street through the pretty town of Paris.
Originally the memorial was erected to honour the men and women lost in the First World War. The names of the major battles of that conflict are engraved in the monument. No names of those lost appear anywhere in this memorial.
After the Second World War, two stone shafts were added to recognize the battles of the second major war. Again, no names can be found anywhere. The list of names is likely long, as Paris is a fairly large community, so as with most towns of any size, only the battles are listed.
At the entrance of this lovely parkette, there is also an elegant Verdin post clock with the words "Lest We Foget" painted in gold, also to honour the many men and women who served and sacrificed.
1914 - 1918
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
TO THE MEMORY OF THE
MEN AND WOMEN
AND IN HONOUR OF THOSE
WHO SERVED IN
THE GREAT WAR
"LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS MEN
AND OUR FATHERS THAT BEGAT US
...ALL THESE WERE HONOURED IN
THEIR GENERATIONS AND WERE
THE GLORY OF THEIR TIMES."
"TAKE THESE MEN FOR YOUR EXAMPLE
LIKE THEM, REMEMBER THAT PROSPERITY
CAN ONLY BE FOR THE FREE, THAT
FREEDOM IS THE SURE POSSESSION OF THOSE
ALONE, WHO HAVE COURAGE TO DEFEND IT."
DROCQUORT - QUEANT
VETERANS OF WORLD WAR II
IN COMMEMORATION OF
THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF VICTORY
THE TOWN OF PARIS EXPRESSES ITS APPRECIATION TO THE
CITIZENS WHO SERVED CANADA DURING THE SECOND
WORLD WAR. WE CONTINUE TO RECOGNIZE AND HONOUR
THEIR SELFLESS CONTRIBUTIONS.
THIS PLAQUE IS DEDICATED ON THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY
OF THE END OF THE WAR.
"WE WILL REMEMBER THEM."
NOVEMBER 11TH, 1995
ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY
FAR CALLED OUR NAVIES MELT AWAY
LEST WE FORGET, LEST WE FORGET
ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE
NEVER IN THE FIELD OF HUMAN CONFLICT
WAS SO MUCH OWED BY SO MANY TO SO FEW
1950 KOREA 1953
BATTLE OF BRITAIN