The memorial is much more than just a crucifix-topped, local stone, seven foot tall structure with two marble plaques (Latin and Bible verses), a perpetually-running water fountain with a child step, goldfish-filled pond: a lovingly landscaped tribute to the fallen and returning Vespra veterans which was intentionally sited at the very entrance to the park.
The memorial is all this, yes, but it is not defined by cold mortar, granite and marble. It is the geography, thought behind it and a system of meaning that it represents to those that care. It’s about the community, friends and particularly the families of those 18 men.
Another image from A History of Vespra Township, 1987, p. 156.
The top two RPPCs (real photographic postcards) are important historical references. The colorized versions tend to be less accurate historically. Note how the electrical light pole behind the cairn has been left out of the drawn image.
Master of Ceremonies Wayne Cameron put it all together. Adam’s exceptional YouTube response and a post summing up what the young think. Mr. Doug Ransom who is retired CDN who served in the Viet Nam war as a Marine Corps photographer captured the ceremony on a slideshow.
— Wilfred Owen, 1893 – 1918, English poet and soldier, Dulce Et Decorum Est poem