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City beginning to plan for events - sign that the restrictions might be easing up soon

News 100 blueBy Staff

June 9th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

On April 10th of next year the people of Burlington will gather at the Cenotaph just north of city hall and celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Cenotaph. The creation of the monument was the result of a large community driven initiative to honour the resident veterans that fought in World War 1.

The initiative brought together service organizations, churches and residents to raise the funds and commission the works, a true community effort.

Keenleyside with partial monument

Ed Keenleyside knows more about the Cenotaph and how it came into being. So much that he convinced the city to print copies of the book and make it available to the public.

Last year the city entered into an agreement to print copies of a book written by Ed Keenleyside on the history of the cenotaph and how it came into being.

There was discussion at a Standing Committee earlier this week about using the anniversary of the community spirit that brought about the Cenotaph and tying it to the same community spirit that is getting the city through the pandemic.

The Standing Committee decided the Cenotaph celebration should be a stand-alone event.

The area around the Cenotaph is to be identified in future as Veteran Square; (Not Veteran”s”)

April 9 is Vimy Ridge Day in Canada.

The Battle of Vimy Ridge is Canada’s most celebrated military victory. An often mythologized symbol of the birth of Canadian national pride and awareness.

There are two oak trees that were grown from seeds taken from trees in France at the Vimy Memorial; a piece of land that the French government deeded to Canada.

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