Monday, 27 July 2020

Aamjiwnaang First Nation

 
Location:  Lambton County     N 42 56.150    W -82 24.995
On Tashmoo Avenue, just south of Churchill Road, at the community park/offices.

The Aamjiwnaang First Nation (formally known as Chippewas of Sarnia) is a First Nations community of about 2400 Chippewa (Ojibwe) Aboriginal peoples  (850 of which live on Reserve). They are located on the St. Clair River, 3 miles south of the southern tip of Lake Huron in the city limits of Sarnia southwestern Ontario, Canada – just across the United States border from Port Huron, Michigan.  The name Aamjiwnaang, (pronounced am-JIN-nun) means “at the spawning stream.”  Today Aamjiwnaang remains a vibrant, prosperous community interacting on excellent terms with the communities that surround us.
 
The cenotaph reminds us of a strong past that included serving the country in all wars and bravely defending our freedoms and the strong ties to the Sarnia area, their home and native land.  The three stele memorial is accompanied by another monument dedicated to the tragedy of residential schools.



Marker text:
Centre:
TO OUR
GLORIOUS VETERANS
WHO HAVE SERVED
OUR NATION
AND ITS' ALLIES
FOR
PEACE AND FREEDOM

LEST WE FORGET
 


Left:
WORLD WAR I

IN MEMORY OF
THE YOUNG MEN
FROM THIS NATION
WHO SERVED
KING AND COUNTRY
THROUGHOUT THE
WORLD
1914 - 1919

FRED DOXSTATER
 


Right:
WORLD WAR II

IN MEMORY OF
THE YOUNG MEN
AND WOMEN WHO
LOYALLY SERVED
THROUGHOUT THE
WORLD
1939 - 1945

HARLEY WILLIAMS
 


Base:
PONTIAC'S WAR
WAR OF 1812
KOREA
VIETNAM
PEACEKEEPING
 

Sunday, 19 July 2020

Aurora LAV

 
Location:  York Region   N 43.985406   W -79.463734
Beside the Aurora Cenotaph, east side of Yonge Street, just north of Allaura Blvd.


The LAV was placed here in November 2018, part of a program to place LAV armoured vehicles in specific towns across Canada, as a tribute to all who served in the war in Afghanistan.  The Town of Aurora was well-represented in that conflict with several members of the local Queen's York Rangers taking part in the effort to restore peace in the war-torn country.  The LAV was unveiled at the Remembrance Day ceremony in 2018, honouring the efforts and bravery of all who served.

The cenotaph in Aurora was featured here in July 2012, for further reference to this beautiful monument, please see: http://ontariowarmemorials.blogspot.com/2012/07/aurora.html
 


Marker text:
In recognition and memory of the efforts of approximately
40,000 Canadian Armed Forces personnel who served and
the 162 Canadians who died in the cause of bringing peace
and freedom to the people of Afghanistan.

2001     2014
 (repeated in French)

 








Sunday, 12 July 2020

Athens

 
Location:  United Counties of Leeds and Grenville
N 44.626759  W  75.949776
In Memorial Park, 35 Main Street East.
 
This memorial consists of several parts.  The main cenotaph is a stone cairn featuring plaques listing the names of those who died in the World Wars.  
Behind the cenotaph is a "Vimy Oak", planted in September 2017, along with a plaque telling the story of this infamous tree.  
In November 2000, County Road 5, between Athens and Mallorytown was designated as the "Road of Remembrance", and highlights a row of maple trees planted along this route, each with its own cross bearing the name from one of the local plaques. 
One more for Athens. A very small garden dedicated to the WWI soldiers listed on the cenotaph. It is elsewhere found at 1 Main Street, at the Township of Athens Municipal Building.
 
***Once again, thank you to Louise Bellec for the photos and research.


 
 
Marker text:
Stone Cairn: 
 
Top plaque:
KOREA
1950 - 1953
 


 
Middle plaque:
1914 - 1918
TO THE MEMORY OF 
OUR BOYS WHO PAID THE
SUPREME SACRIFICE
IN THE GREAT WAR

ROSS DE WOLFE     FRANK WHITFORD
J. MILLS JOHNSTON     GERALD BOTSFORD
BASIL CONNERTY     LLOYD SCOTT
DELOS SPENCE     JOHN CORR
GORDON KELSEY     EVERETT CROSS
WILLIAM CARL
 


 
Bottom plaque:
1939 - 1945

HONOUR ROLL

IN MEMORY OF OUR MEN WHO MADE THE
SUPREME SACRIFICE IN WORLD WAR II

GNR. ARTHUR DACK
PTE. DONALD COVEY
PIPER MJR. DONALD FRASER
PTE. ELTON IRELAND
FLT./SGT. HUGH LATIMER
CPL. CHARLES RUNHAM
FLT./SGT. JASON STEVENS
CAPT. LESLIE YATES
L.A.C. LAWRENCE YATES

ERECTED BY THE WOMEN'S INSTITUTE OF ATHENS
 
 



 
 
Vimy Oak
Plaque:
This oak tree is a descendant from the few acorns gathered after the Battle of Vimy Ridge by Canadian soldier Lt. Leslie Miller. Not a single oak tree remained standing in the aftermath of the shelling. This tree, a descendant of one of those acorns, is one of the trees planted across Canada to mark the 100th anniversary of this historic Canadian victory. It stands as a living memorial to all
Canadian soldiers who fought in the First World War including the eleven Athens soldiers killed and memorialized on the nearby stone Cairn.

After a sendoff at the Athens train station the soldiers departed for Halifax then sailed to Europe. They found the battlefields of France scarred with huge bomb craters and strewn with the dead and dying.  The weather was atrocious and in the trenches the soldiers stood in cold mud and water, in constant fear of mustard or chlorine gas attacks. The smell of death hung in the air. After 4 days
the innovative strategy and ferocity of the four Canadian divisions prevailed, marking a pivotal moment in Canada's coming of age as a nation.

Under photo:
On their way to war, dust rises as part of the 156th Battalion marches proudly through Athens, c1916
 
 



 
 
Remembrance Garden:
Plaque:
THIS GARDEN WAS PLANTED  IN MEMORY OF

GERALD BOTSFORD
WILLIAM CARL
BASIL CONNERTY
JOHN CORR
EVERETT CROSS
ROSS DE WOLFE
J MILLS JOHNSTON
GORDON KELSEY
LLOYD SCOTT
DELOS SPENCE
FRANK WHITFORD

WHO PAID THE SUPREME SACRIFICE IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918
IT REPLACES THE ELEVEN MAPLE TREES
ORIGINALLY PLANTED HERE IN THEIR HONOUR
 
 











Saturday, 4 July 2020

Alvinston

 
 
Location:  Lambton County     N 42 49.257   W -81 51.737
At 3251 River Street, in front of the library.
 
This beautiful memorial was unveiled in June 1921, to a great ceremony of local fanfare.  It was created by the famous sculptor Emanuel Hahn, and is a similar to the memorial at Malvern Collegiate in Toronto.  It depicts a young man holding up the broken chain of tyranny. Engraved on the base are the names of fifteen area men killed in the First World War and eight names of men lost in the Second World War.  A small fence and a garden surround the monument.
 


Marker text:
Front:
OUR HONOURED DEAD

CHARLES G. RILEY
STANLEY E. WEBB
HAROLD W. KETCH
JOHN F. DUFFY
VERNON C. AUGUSTINE
CLIFFORD H. ATCHISON
ALEXANDER D. HAPPER
FREDERICK MERNER
MORTON M. BLONDEL
JOHN A. GROOM
CHARLES A.W. FORBES
MORRELL ENGLISH
ROY E. ACTON
NICHOL McLACHLAN
FRANK CHAPMAN
 



Right side:
YPRES
THE SOMME
VIMY RIDGE
PASSCHENDAELE
CAMBRAI
MONS
 



Back:
TO OUR
HONOURED DEAD
WORLD WAR 2
1939     1945

MORLEY C. AUKETT
GRANT CLARK
J. EDWARD CODE
DONALD M. DUFFY
JOHN C. ESSELMENT
DAVID H. McMASTER
HAROLD G. SMITH
WELLAN A. SMITH
 


 
Left side:
TO OUR
HONOURED DEAD
AND THOSE
WHO CARRIED ON
IN THE GREAT WAR
1914     1918

FROM
BROOK & ALVINSTON