Oakville honours World War I and II veterans at George’s Square dedication ceremony

Friday, June 18, 2010 – for immediate release

Oakville honours World War I and II veterans at George’s Square dedication ceremony

Hundreds gathered today at the Town of Oakville’s official dedication ceremony for the new Veterans’ Memorial addition at George’s Square Memorial and Cenotaph. The new addition, which consists of two curved limestone walls at the north and south ends of the existing cenotaph, lists the names of those who served in WWI or WWII and resided in Oakville at the time of their enlistment.

“On behalf of Council and the residents of Oakville, I’m honoured to pay tribute to the men and women who proudly served our country in the Great Wars,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “The George’s Square Veterans’ Memorial will act as a lasting legacy to those who fought for our freedom and on behalf of past, present and future residents of Oakville, we thank you.”

The George’s Square Veterans’ Memorial took more than two years from inception to completion, with countless hours contributed by local historians and volunteers. Complimented by new benches and landscaping, the new addition features bronze plaques listing more than 800 veteran names. The original cenotaph lists the names of veterans who died during their service to this country.

“We sincerely appreciate everyone who contacted the town with information and names for the list. Your input contributed to the successful completion of this Memorial,” Mayor Burton added.

George’s Square is located on Trafalgar Road at Palmer Avenue. For more information, please visit the George’s Square Memorial web page.

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Media contacts

Janis Olbina
Manager, Park Planning & Development
Parks and Open Space
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3148
jolbina@oakville.ca
           
Janine Ivings
Senior Communications Advisor
Strategy, Policy and Communications
905-845-6601, ext. 3005


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