Memorials Details Search Results

(Use your browser to return to the previous page)

Memorial Number: 35040-027
Type: slab (rough local stone) and plaque
Location: Village Green Memorial Park
Address: Colchester Road
Ottawa (Kanata), ON
Surveyor: John Gooch, Cenotaph Chairman/président du comité du cénotaphe
Photo Credit: John Gooch, Cenotaph Chairman/président du comité du cénotaphe

More photos

On September 20, 1998, the city of Kanata dedicated its very own cenotaph. A place for Kanata's residents to gather, reflect, pray or just spend a quiet moment in remembrance of those who gave their lives so that we might live in peace and freedom. Local, regional and national governments, military and public guests were in attendance at the dedication ceremony. The touching ceremony was conducted with military precision including the fly past of two military helicopters during the playing of the Last Post. Following the dedication, a reception was held at the Legion, catered by the Ladies Auxiliary. The arrival of Kanata's cenotaph took two years, tens of thousands of dollars, many donations, private and public, and most of all, hundreds of volunteer hours. In November 1996, Kanata Legion Branch 638 President Harry Riley asked Mr. John Gooch to assume the responsibility as Cenotaph Chairman. After numerous meetings with city officials and Urbandale Developments, a site was chosen and named "Village Green Memorial Park". The Legion donated a flagpole and kicked-off a fundraising program that would eventually result in twenty trees being planted around the park, each with a commemorative plaque, and a park bench in August 1997. Merle Nicholds, Mayor of the City of Kanata presented a cheque to the Legion for the flagpole. Several Legion members donated trees and the "tree program" was made available to the general public and other service clubs. The search for a suitable stone that would be the focal point of the Cenotaph was found in October 1997. The City of Kanata moved it to a safe location until Urbandale Developments were ready to put it in place at the Village Green Memorial Park. In April 1998, work on the site began. The steady progress allowed the developers and the Legion to target September 18, 1998 as the completion date, with the dedication to take place September 20th. The wording on the plaque was approved at a Legion general meeting. By July 1998, the twenty trees had been planted, grass and garden meticulously and expertly laid out. The Canadian flag was raised for the first time in the park on September 19, 1998. The dedication committee included: Cde. John Gooch (Chairman), Cde. George Gordon, Cde. Harry Riley and Cde. Ray Ponto.


THIS MEMORIAL IS DEDICATED TO
THOSE WHO SERVED THEIR
COUNTRY IN TIME OF NEED,
IN WAR AND PEACE,
WE MUST NOT FORGET THEM.

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

DEDICATED SEPTEMBER 20, 1998