Beaconsfield to get cenotaph
Beaconsfield will have a new cenotaph this time next year, the city announced Friday morning.
It will be located in what is to be known as Heroes Park, across Beaconsfield Boulevard from Centennial Park.
Besides honouring military vets, it will also acknowledge sacrifices made by police, firefighters and first responders.
Canadian artillery officer Maj. Richard Gratton came up with the idea and pitched it to Beaconsfield's mayor shortly before deploying on a tour of Afghanistan in November 2010.
Three years later, his project is looking hopeful.
Construction on the park, which will feature the cenotaph, pathways, memorial stones and more, begins next spring.
Senator Larry Smith was also on hand for the ceremony. He said the federal government is donating $50,000 to the project.
When asked why this project was important to the federal government, he said, "It's a local initiative, you see strong community involvement in Beaconsfield and it's something that's important to this community."
He added that the funds came from a federal program to create and maintain Canada's 6,600 war memorials.