On Saturday, August 24th, The Hon. Dr. Kellie Leitch, Member of Parliament for Simcoe–Grey, attended the dedication ceremony for the new Royal Canadian Legion Branch 171 war memorial.
“It is an honour to be here today to pay tribute to the brave men and women who sacrificed so much for our country,” said Minister Leitch “The community of Alliston and Legion Branch 171have worked tirelessly to make this project possible. The Alliston Cenotaph will be a reminder to future generations, of the important contribution Canada’s Veterans made to our nation’s history.”
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #171 received $50,000 to construct a new memorial to commemorate local citizens who sacrificed their lives in the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, peacekeeping missions and in Afghanistan. The project oversaw construction of concrete pads, concrete sidewalks and ramp and an interlocking stone walkway with stone walls that form two planters leading up to the main cenotaph level. A landscaped area for flagpoles and three separate granite stones were installed on cement bases to form the cenotaph.
Through the Community War Memorial Program (CWMP), Veterans Affairs Canada is partnering with communities across the country to build memorials to commemorate the achievements and sacrifices of those who served Canada in times of war, military conflict and peace.