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Mayor’s Report

November 2018

Welland Remembers Service and Sacrifice this November 11, 2018

Canada has a long history of peacekeeping missions and takes pride in its reputation as a global contributor to international peace, security, and stability. As a peaceful nation, we have dedicated and will continue to dedicate resources to conflict prevention and worldwide peace.

Canada has also experienced loss from attempting to bring peace in neighbouring countries. Far too many courageous Canadians serving on peacekeeping missions have fallen since the First World War.

This November 11, 2018 more than 37 million Canadian will hopefully take a moment of silence to remember the men and women who have served this country and made it one of the most peaceful and compassionate countries in the world. Finding a veteran landmark in Welland to spend some time at and pay respect to our veterans is easy enough. The city has several veteran affiliated landmarks to experience and also introduce history to younger generations.

The Welland-Crowland War Memorial is the pride of Chippawa Park. The cenotaph was unveiled on September 4, 1939; just one day after the start of WWII. The monument features a soldier and a woman to symbolize the “Service and Sacrifice” elements of the war. The beautifully crafted work-of-art is dedicated to those who fought and served, as-well-as those who supported the war effort from home.

Veterans, cadets, firefighters, dignitaries, and residents have gathered at the Welland-Crowland War memorial every November for decades. It has become a respected symbol in Welland because it not only represents Canadian war history, but it also allows us to connect and remember as a community.

Woodlawn Cemetery underwent an extensive project last year to include a Veterans Memorial Plaza and Legacy Garden. This section of the cemetery is exclusive to those who have served and will be a final resting place for our veterans. The plaza also offers a quiet public space for veterans to remember and pay respect on Remembrance Day.

The Cooks Mills Memorial Peace Garden, located at the corner of Lyon’s Creek and Doan’s Ridge Roads, offers a tranquil place to reflect on the past 200 years of peace in Canada. The park is equipped with seating and educational plaques that tell the story of the Battle of Cooks Mills.

The Welland Legion Branch 4 welcomes the public to attend the annual Remembrance Day Service at Morningstar Avenue on November 11, at 10:45a.m. This November, please take a moment to remember the men and women we have lost through courage and sacrifice, in order to make Canada the extraordinary country it is today.