Cenotaph Restoration Work Underway in Burlington
Restoration work is underway on the Burlington Cenotaph at City Hall and it’s expected to be finished in time for Remembrance Day.
“Restoring the plaque includes correcting historical errors and reversing the effects of time, the elements and pollution,” said the city’s manager of arts and culture Angela Paparizo.
Work includes changing two names from the First World War portion of the monument (complete), removal of the Second World War bronze plaque to fix name inaccuracies, and adding the word ‘peacekeepers,’ which will be engraved on the base of the monument to acknowledge Canada’s peacekeeping efforts during military conflict.
Work is being done with council’s approval, in collaboration with the Royal Canadian Legion - Burlington Branch #60.
Governor General Lord Byng dedicated this cenotaph in April 1922 and it was originally located at the west end of Lakeside Park (later renamed to honour Spencer Smith).
The monument was moved to City Hall in 1962.
Photo courtesy of the City of Burlington
DID YOU KNOW?
- The cenotaph is a 10-foot granite column on a two-tier base.
- A seven-foot bronze statue of a Canadian soldier in First World War battle-dress tops the column, which lists the names of 38 First World War fatalities from Burlington and Nelson Township, 17 key First World War Canadian battle locations and the names of 44 local service people who died in the Second World War.
- Burlington’s contributions to the military conflicts in Korea and Afghanistan, as well as peacekeepers, are recognized on the base of the monument.
(Source: City of Burlington)
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