Sunday, 10 March 2019

Brigden

 

Location:  Lambton County     N 42 48.831   W -82 16.947
On the NW corner of Jane Street and Brigden Road.
 
This memorial is found in a small, well-kept park in a quiet village.  The local horticultural society tends to planting flowers and keeping the grounds clear in summer.  A simple granite cross with the years of the major 20th century conflicts.  No names appear on the memorial, although the local United Church and the Legion each have Honour Rolls on display.  None were open during my visit.

Market text:
Front:
LEST WE FORGET

1914--1918
1939--1945
KOREA
1950--1953




Sunday, 3 March 2019

Lancaster - Afghanistan Memorial

 
Location:  United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry 
N 45.145520   W -74.504057
Corner of Military Road North and MacDonald Street, beside the Legion.

This memorial is a fairly recent addition, standing beside the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 544 in the village of Lancaster.  The focus of the memorial is a de-commissioned LAV III armoured vehicle with a plaque honouring all those who served in Afghanistan.  Also on the site is a stone pillar with a plaque to honour Sgt. Marc. D. Leger, who was killed in Afghanistan, along with three other soldiers, in a controversial friendly fire incident by an American fighter plane.   The memorial is lighted by LED lighting from dusk to dawn, to remind all who pass of the sacrifices made in the cause of freedom.

Thank you to fellow researcher Louise Bellec for the photos.


The following article is borrowed from http://www.projectheroes.ca
Sergeant Marc Leger
March 26, 1973 - April 7, 2002
Hometown: Lancaster, Ontario
Unit: 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry 

Sgt. Marc Leger’s laugh could be heard a mile away! A huge, heartfelt laugh as big as the man himself. At 6’4” with a zest for life he was hard to miss. Wise and thoughtful for his age, people were drawn to Marc. Maybe they knew he was the real deal, how he lived his life fully, or the fact he was a true friend, devoted husband, true romantic, who loved life, his job, his family, and his yellow lab Hunter, who was never far from his side.
Marc enlisted at 19 years of age.  His career with the 3PPCLI and Canadian Airborne was a huge sense of pride for him.
In February 2002, Marc was deployed to Afghanistan. Two months later, on April 17, 2002, Leger along with three other soldiers became Canada’s first deaths in Afghanistan and the first in a combat zone since the Korean War. Eight others were injured that night. Marc was 29.
In the days that followed Canada learned more about how much Marc  cared for others. It was on display during his work as a peacekeeper in the Livno Valley, Bosnia. The area had been ethnically cleansed and those who remained were living in horrid conditions. Marc and his unit started harassing the company commander for resources. He took leftover food, water and building supplies and made sure they were given to the people of the valley.  By the time his tour was done the people of the Livno Valley had livable homes again and Marc had a new nickname.  The people of the Livno Valley called him “King Marco.”  
For his work in Bosnia, Marc was awarded the Deputy Chief of Defence Staff Commendation. He was also awarded the South West Asia Medal and United States Bronze star posthumously.
Marc wanted to experience everything life had to offer and one of the ways he did that was by traveling.  He loved to see the world in ways others wouldn’t or couldn’t. As a result, no matter where he was he was surrounded by people who wanted to be near him and experience his way of living life. Fully. Completely.
A full life in 29 years. He knew that…and admitted it in the summer of 2001 when he said, “If I died tomorrow, I’ve done so much. I’ve lived so much and had such a full life. I’d die happy.”
By J’lyn Nye 


 
Marker text:
LAV plaque:
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 bring peace 
and freedom to the people of Afghanistan. 

2001 - 2014 

En mémoire et en reconnaissance des efforts des quelque 
40 000 membres des Forces armées canadiennes qui ont 
servi en Afghanistan et des 162 Canadiens qui sont morts 
pour la cause de la paix et de la liberté du peuple afghan.
 


 
Pillar plaque:
(Legion crest)

THIS PLACE OF REMEMBRANCE
IS DEDICATED TO A
NATIVE SON OF LANCASTER

SGT. MARC D. LEGER
3RD BATTALION PPCLI
KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN - APRIL 2002

"WE WILL REMEMBER THEM"
Artwork by Cindy Revell
 

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Smiths Falls - WWII Memorial

 

Location:  Lanark County     N 44 54.372   W -76 .01.497
On the west side of Elmsley Street North, south of Cornelia Street.  Across the road from the hospital.
 
This memorial, located on the grounds of the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre, has moved location over the past few years.  Its new home is located closer to the road, much easier to see now, and in late 2018, a LAV vehicle was added to the spot.  I visited in July 2018 and there was no LAV at the time, but my associate researcher Louise Bellec visited later in the year and discovered the new addition.  Some of the photos will show the LAV, while others may not.
The Memorial is dedicated to the men of Smiths Falls who gave their lives in World War II.  Given the size of the town, the long list of names found here is a tribute to the sacrifices made by the soldiers, sailors and airmen who fought for freedom, and of the great losses suffered by the local families. 
The LAV vehicle is usually located near memorials honouring the sacrifices of the Afghanistan War, it still brings much more visible attention to this small cenotaph.  There are other memorials located in Smiths Falls that will be covered in more detail at a later date.



Marker text:
Stone plaque:
THIS COMMUNITY CENTRE IS
DEDICATED TO THE MEN OF
SMITHS FALLS

WHO SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES
IN DEFENCE OF FREEDOM
TRUTH AND JUSTICE DURING
WORLD WAR II.
1939 - 1945

AMY. GRANT
ANDRE, A.G.
BAKER, JOHIAL WM.
BALLANTYNE, O.R.
BARRIE, WM.
BEATH, J.D.
BEGGS, ALEX.
BEST, CLAUDE
COUKELL, R.A.
COVELL, LORNE
DAWSON, D.J. (BUD)
DAWSON, GERALD
DIXON, ARTHUR
DONNELLY, CARL
DOYLE, FRANCIS
DREW, R.G.
FAUGHNAN, WM.
FLEGG, SHARLES
GALLIPEAU, JOSEPH
GIFF, ERNEST
GILMAN, P.R.
GREEN, W.J.R.
HAGAN. ROBT.
HOPKINS, WM.
HUTCHESON, E.A.
KIDD, W. FRANKLIN
LEACH, ROY

LONEY, GLEN
McCREDIE, C.H.
McKIMM, C.H.
MERKLEY, LYLE
MILER, W.S.
MILLIKEN, R.
MONAGHAN, JOHN
MOORE, ARNOLD
PATTERSON, STANLEY
SAUNDERS, JACK
SLACK, EDWARD
SMITH, HILLIARD
SOPER, J.H.
SPOOENR, KENNETH (G.C.)
STEWART, SHIRLEY
SULLIVAN, J.L.
SYLVAH, CLAUDE
THOMPSON, J.L.
TOWERS, JAMES
TYRELL, C.
TYSICK, DALTON
USCHIY, WALTER
WARREN, J.R.
WILLOUGHBY, DONALD
WILTSIE, J.A.

AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN
AND IN THE MORNING
WE SHALL REMEMBER THEM.

THIS PLAQUE ERECTED BY BRANCH 95, CANADIAN LEGION
 


 
 
LAV Plaque:
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 - 20014

(repeated in French)
 







Sunday, 17 February 2019

Kitchener

 

Location:  Waterloo Region     N 43.45021    W -80.48732
At the corner of Frederick Street and Duke Street E.
 
This grand memorial stands proudly in a small park in the heart of the city of Kitchener.  The nineteen foot high granite cenotaph is a replica of the British Empire memorial in Whitehall, London, England.  It was first unveiled in May, 1929 by Honourable W.D. Ross, Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario. Originally it was located in an island in Frederick Street, and in 1949 it was moved in front of the former City Hall.  Finally in 1973, the cenotaph was moved to its current location and inscriptions were also added to recognize WWII and Korea.  The stunning memorial was reconsecrated in June of 1973 in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke Of Edinburgh.
Each year, the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire, donate four new flags for the memorial and each night the memorial is bathed in light of floodlights.  A beautiful park with benches and landscaping surrounds the grounds of the memorial, although the benches are often the nightly resting places of local homeless.  Sad to see such a beautiful memorial dedicated to the brave soldiers who fought and died for our freedom and for our country, to be used by the less fortunate among us.
A separate plaque gives a brief history on the monument.  The main branches of the Armed Forces and the names of the major battles are also engraved in the granite stone.



Marker text:
Front:
AIR FORCE

TO OUR
GLORIOUS
DEAD

AFGHANISTAN
2001-2011

UNITED NATIONS
PEACEKKEPING
1947

GREAT WARS
1914-1918     1939-1945

KOREA   1950-1953
 




Right side:
NAVY

YPRES

SOMME

MOUNT. SORREL

VIMY

ZEEBRUGGE
 




Back:
MERCHANT MARINE

1939   -   1945

BATTLE OF
BRITAIN - ATLANTIC

HONG KONG
DIEPPE

SICILY - NORMANDY
 




 
Left side:
ARMY

PASSCHENDAELE

AMIENS

ARRAS

CAMBRAI
 

 



Saturday, 9 February 2019

Cornwall - Silver Cross Remembrance Park


 
Location: Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry County.
N 45.046068    W 74.749285
This cenotaph is situated at the Silver Cross Remembrance Park at the corner of Pitt St and Tollgate Rd E.
 
The park has just a wrought iron gate with a bed of flowers under it and a cenotaph.

The cenotaph itself is very simple, divided into three panels. On top of the middle panel, engraved is the Memorial Cross also known as the Silver Cross.

The Memorial Cross, established in 1919, is a Canadian medal awarded to the mother, widow, widower or next of kin of any member of the Canadian Forces who lost their life in active service including peacekeeping and other international operations.
Every year, a Silver Cross Mother (chosen by the Royal Canadian Legion) is chosen amongst the mothers who received the medal, to lay a wreath during the Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Memorial.

The Memorial (Silver) Cross Medal, can be worn by the recipients anytime. It is engraved with the name, rank and service number of their child or spouse.

*Special thanks to Louise Bellec for the photos and information.
 

 
Marker text:
Centre panel:
 

                    TO THE GLORY
                         OF GOD

                    (Memorial Cross insignia)

                    ERECTED BY
                    REMEMBRANCE ASSOCIATION
                    SILVER CROSS WOMEN
                    OF CORNWALL
                    CORNWALL CHAPTER

                   WAR 1939 - 1945
    
                   JASMIN, HERBERT
                   JODOIN, EUCLIDE N.
                   JODOIN, JOSEPH A.
                   KEDDY, WALTER B.  D. F. C.
                   KENNEDY, JOHN
                   LALONDE, IRENNE
                   LALONDE, JOSEPH
                   LALONDE, J. LAWRENCE
                   LALONDE, WILMONT
                   LAMARCHE, LEO L.
                   LANT, BYRON
                   LAPENSEE, REGINALD M.
                   LASCELLE, LOUIS
                   LATOUR, LEO A.
                   LAUBER, CHAS H.
                   LAUZON, HOWARD F.
                   LAVALLEE, VIATEUR
                   LEBANO, FRANK
                   LEBANO, JOSEPH
                   LEBANO, VINCENT J.
                   LEBLANC, D.G.
                   LEBLANC, GEORGE
                   LEDUC, J.B.L.
                   LEFEBVRE, GORDON
                   LEGROULX, RODOLPHE C.
                   LONEY, WELLINGTON J.
                   MAC COSHAM, W. RAYMOND
                   MAC DONELL, D. C. M.
                   MAC DOUGALL, JOHN E.
                   MAC INTYRE, REV. D.
                   MAC GILLIVRAY, BORDEN
 


Left Panel:
ABRAMS, STANLEY 
ALGUIRE, WESLEY
ANDREWS, MacDONALD
ANDREWS, NEWARK
ARMSTRONG, MALCOLM
ARMSTRONG, PERCY
ASSELIN, HAYDEN
ATCHISON, JOHN W.
BAKER, PHILIP R.
BARBER, IRVINE
BARKER, ROGER
BAZINET, HERCULES
BEAUREGARD, DONAT
BELANGER, RICHARD
BENNETT, W.A.
BERGERON, HOWARD
BETTRIDGE, OLIVER
BIRKS, RICHARD
BLANCHARD, FLORIEN
BOALS, GLENDAL
BOUCHARD, JOSEPH
BOUGH, ROY E.
BOUTILLIER, RALPH
BRADY, LAWRENCE E.J.
BRAY, ALBERT
BRENNAN, ROBET N.
BRINGLOE, JAMES
BROWNING, W.

BRUNETTE, JACK
BRUYERE, HECTOR
BULLOCH, JOSEPH M.
BURGESS, WALTER
CAMPBELL, DONALD
CARPENTER, CHAS.
CARRIERE, LAURENT
CARRIERE, GABRIEL
CAZALY, DUNCAN
CERULLO, ARMAND
CHEVRIER, GEORGE
CHEVRIER. LAWRENCE
CHOLETTE, LAURIER N.
CLEARY, HARRY J.
COLLETTE, HENRY A.
COLLINS, ALBERT C.
COLUCCI, ANGELO
CRITES, CLINTON
DALLY, JAMES W.
DEEBANK, PERCY
DENIS, WILFRED
DENNY, LOYES
DESJARDINS, PERCY
DORRANCE, T.
DOXSEE, ARTHUR F.
DRUMMOND, CLARENCE
DUNSEITH, PETER A.
DUPUIS, BERNARD J.

EARLE, J.C.M.
EMOND, ROMEO
FAWTHROP, DONALD A.
FETTERLY,  ELDRED G.
FLYNN, GERALD H.
FOLEY, W.
FORBES, GORDON
FORREST, GEORGE
FORTIN, EARL W.
FRASER, R.D.
FROATS, W.L.
GALLINGER, CLARENCEA.
GALLINGER, CECIL W.
GAUTHIER, JOSEPH W.
GILLIS, DONALD
GRANT, B. CAMERON
GREER, JAMES
GROVES, FRANKLIN J.
GAUTHIER, PAUL R.
GUNN, ROBERT
HARRISON ARTHUR  D.F.M.
HARTLEY, JAMES
HARRINGTON, H.
HEWARD, WILLIAM
HUNTER, GEORGE F.
IRVINE, H.C.
JARVO, FRANCIS A.
 



Right panel:
MacLEOD, JAMES C.
MacMILLAN, JOHN M.
MacNEIE, DONALD C.
McRAE, DONALD E.
McDONALD, ANDREW B.
McDONALD, DONALD J. 
McDONALD, FRANCIS R.
McDONALD, W.J.
McGILLIVRAY, AUBREY L.
McINTOSH, W.P.  D.F.M.
McMARTIN, D.J.
McWILLIAMS, JOHN A.
MADEN, EARL K.
MAYLON, WILLIAM J.
MARSOLAIS, BERNARD
MARTELL, LAWRENCE
MAZZONE, VINCENT
MERPAW, WILLIAM J.
MERPAW, WILLIAM L.
MILLER, GLENN B.
MILINE, DONALD J.
MITCHELL, HAROLD V.
MONAHAN, EARL
MONK, DAVID E.
NADEAU, LAURENT
O'FARRELL, LAWRENCE
O'GRADY, J.E.
O'REILLY, RICHARD J.

PARK, JAMES
PATTERSON, GUY
PAUPST, PERCY W.
PEIRCEY, ARTHUR C.
PHILLIPS, McLEAN G.
POITRAS, JAMES E.
POLLARD, GEORGE C.
PRICE, KENNETH E.
PRIDDIN, W.E.E.B.
PRIMEAU, HENRY
PROULX, AUGUSTUS
QUENNEVILLE, D.J.
REDMOND, JAMES
REID, ROBERT
RELYEA, W.
REVILL, HARVEY S.
ROBERTS,HERBERT T.
ROBERTSON, GERALD E.
ROBINSON, M. SYDNEY
ROSS - ROSS, PETER D.
ROTH, TAIT R.
RUFFO, DOMINIC
SABURN, FRANK E.
SANDELIN, ROBERT
SAUVE, JAMES EARL
SEGUIN, RAYMOND
SHAVER, JAMES H.
SHUTTS, CLIFFORD E.

SINFIELD, ARTHUR G.
SNETSINGER, JOSEPH A.
SPOTTON, E.F.
STUART, JAMES F.
SUGDEN, ALBERT
SNYDER, W. JAMES
SWAINSON, JOHN
TAILLON, ADRINE
THERIEN, H.C.
THOMAS, NELSON J.
THOMPSON, F.A.
TOUCHETTE, DANIEL D.
TYO, WALLACE W.
VIAU, RAYMOND G.
VIPOND, DALTON E.
WAITE, ALBERT W.
WEBSTER, ARTHUR ROBERT
WILLIAMS, FRED
WILLIS, JAMES E.
WILSON, ALFRED J.
WALDORF. J. EDGAR
DOUGALL, J.B.

KOREA
CAMPEAU, M.
GALLINGER, PAUL
STEER, DONALD