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Tottenham cenotaph to be refurbished to mark WW I, Legion's anniversary

Posted March 18, 2014

Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #329 Tottenham is commemorating its 70th anniversary by refurbishing the 94 year old War Memorial in Keogh Park to also mark the 100th anniversary of WW I.

Tom MacDonald, representing the Tottenham Legion, was assured by New Tecumseth councillors last night, that the Town will contribute at least $3,750 to help restore the cenotaph.

Tottenham War Memorial

Photos by Stuart Starbuck
Not fade away
The names etched into Tottenham's War Memorial are fading rapidly, and the Legion is taking on the task of refurbishing them.
Tottenham cenotaph

"It was erected in August 1920 to the people from the Tottenham area who lost their lives in the first world war. It was rededicated in 1946 to people from Tottenham who lost their lives in that war. And again at the end of the Korean War, although there were no people in the community who lost their lives, it was dedicated to all the Canadians who lost their lives in that war," said Mr. MacDonald.

"Due to the age of the monument, and weather, the elements have taken their toll on the monument. At the time of construction in 1920, lead lettering was all the rage. Unfortunately, the lead is now beginning to deteriorate to extreme level. We're losing names off the monument, so we've come here today to ask for support in refurbishing the monument and having the names put back on."

He said they have a quote for $5,000, and have raised $1,250 toward the cost, and asked the Town to make up the shortfall.

Mayor Mike MacEachern said, "we have been very supportive of cenotaphs in the community, I can't see us not providing financial support." The community grants funding envelope has been identified as the funding source.

"Strange as it may seem, there's actually a shortage of people who can do the lead lettering, some of the companies I have spoken too, the people are very old," said Mr. MacDonald. "We were hoping to get the work done before August this year, definitely before November Remembrance Day, but in August it would be its actual 94th anniversary."

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