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Cairn Rededication Ceremony (20 Photos)
Carol Zarudenec Smith for local2 sault ste. marie
September 22nd, 2012 at 5:21pm | Last Updated at 5:34pm
Located on the canal side across from the Superintendent’s Residence stands a stone monument. Over the years, it fell into disrepair. Robert Schroeder was commissioned to restore this cenotaph and did a wonderful job.
Although today was cool and windy, there was a good representation of spectators to take in this rededication at the Soo Locks. Also in attendance were members of the 2310 Royal Canadian Artillery Army Cadets, the Navy League Canada Corps Newman, the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets (Royal Sovereign), the Royal Canadian Legion Colour Party and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25 Drum and Trumpet Band.
William Bennett in charge of Cenotaphs for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25 introduced the speakers that included Brian Hayes, Marilyn Isaacson, Don Neal, Rick Niro and Helen Smith. They all praised the brave fallen servicemen and women from previous wars as so many made the supreme sacrifice.
Rick Niro remarked, “In the English dictionary a cairn is a manmade pile or stones or rocks used for a landmark or memorial. We are here to honour the veterans and the men and women who serve today so they are not forgotten.”
Brian Hayes stated, “We pay tribute to the brave Canadian men almost 90 years later in WWI. We will never forget their service and sacrifice.”
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25 President Marilyn Isaacson commented, “We all get lost in our busy lives. We must bring remembrance back to wars like WWI, WWII, Balkans and Afghanistan. Because of our soldiers we can sleep at night. We are rededicating this cairn to the men and women of the District of Algoma who died during World War Two.”
The Cairn at the Soo Locks is inscribed with a plaque that reads:
“They will never know the beauty of this place, see the seasons change, enjoy nature’s chorus. All we enjoy we owe to them, men and women who lie buried in the earth of foreign lands and in the seven seas. Dedicated to the memory of Canadians who died overseas in the service of their country and so preserved our heritage.” This is a fitting memorial to all who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Don Neal, Korean War Veteran gave his sincere thanks and appreciation for the use of the Cairn for this ceremony. “It is a great tribute to all of us.” Charles Hamilton and Don Neal came forward and laid wreaths in front of the Cairn, stepped back and saluted. Helen Smith from the United Church ended the rededication event with a prayer.
At the conclusion, it was announced that a light lunch was provided at the Royal Canadian Legion.
I approached John Hooper from the Air Force Association. He provided the sound system that works on 12 volts. He stated, “ It is shared between different services even in retirement.”
As I was leaving, Dorothy Cooper suggested I take photos of some maple leaves. This would be a fitting Canadian symbol for this memorial celebration. As I took a photo of a few laying on the ground, a maple leaf blew up and landed on her face. I couldn’t resist that photo moment.
As I walked away the poem, "For The Fallen" came to mind as the last words spoken at the end of the ceremony.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Lest we forget.
Photo Gallery by: Carol Zarudenec Smith