The scores of people descending each day on Georgian’s Barrie Campus will be constantly reminded of the work and sacrifices of Canada’s armed forces, thanks to the dedication last week of a new $235,000 cenotaph.
Soldiers and officers from CFB Borden, along with dignitaries from the college and community, joined a strong contingent of veterans, staff, students and guests for the official commemoration. The centerpiece of the cenotaph is a stone first donated by college staff and students in the 1990s. The expanded memorial takes the form of a sweeping concrete wall sheltering four black markers. They are graced with 44 individual maple leaves cast in bronze, representing fallen soldiers.
“Today, Georgian commemorates the heroism, dedication and sacrifices of those who served in the Canadian military and merchant marine,” said Brian Tamblyn, Georgian President and CEO. “This is our way of ensuring that Canada’s new generation remembers. The cenotaph would not have been possible without the generosity of all those who either donated money, materials, labour or time.”
”We are very proud to support the new cenotaph at Georgian College,” said Jim Strang, President, Royal Canadian Legion, Barrie Branch 147. “Georgian is to be commended for establishing such a fine tribute to our veterans, and I am particularly delighted that this memorial will stand as a constant reminder of their service and sacrifice for our country that will be seen by young and old alike.”
The project received $25,000 in funding from Veterans Affairs Canada through its Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program, the maximum grant allowed.
Additionally, Georgian staff members have donated $21,920 to date, Georgian alumni members have given $10,000 and the Barrie Students’ Administrative Council has contributed $15,000. Many other community partners, including the Royal Canadian Legion, businesses and members of the public, have stepped up to provide funding and materials. The cenotaph will be inaugurated at this year’s Remembrance Day service on a very symbolical date – 11/11/11.
The cenotaph was designed by John D. Bell and Associates and was built by Outdoor Living Landscapes, a division of Gregor Homes.