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.
THIS COMMUNITY CENTRE IS
DEDICATED TO THE MEN OF
WHO SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES
IN DEFENCE OF FREEDOM
TRUTH AND JUSTICE DURING
WORLD WAR II.
1939 - 1945
BAKER, JOHIAL WM.
DAWSON, D.J. (BUD)
KIDD, W. FRANKLIN
SPOOENR, KENNETH (G.C.)
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN
AND IN THE MORNING
WE SHALL REMEMBER THEM.
THIS PLAQUE ERECTED BY BRANCH 95, CANADIAN LEGION
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)