St. George's -
Ceremonies took place at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 38 grounds in St. George's on Saturday that saw the rededication of the cenotaph at the location.
Legionnaires, cadets, dignitaries and members of the general public took part in the event, which involved a prayer of dedication and the placing of a wreath, among other ceremonies.
Richard McDonnell, emcee for the event, said approval for the project came in October 2007, along with the rain, so it was put on hold until the spring of 2008 and completed for their Nov. 11 Remembrance Day ceremonies.
He praised Legion president Robert Garnier for supervising the various phases of the project and said he put a lot of hours and hard work to make sure everything was completed.
Galen Gypsum leveled and prepared the cenotaph grounds while College of the North Atlantic cleared and leveled the parking lot. Students and instructors worked in the pouring rain to get the parking lot completed.
McDonnell said Veteran Affairs provided a financial contribution towards the cenotaph restoration.
Col. Maurice Hynes, representing the Canadian Armed Forces, said the cenotaph will be a monument to all who served this country and pays tribute to the brave men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice as well as those who continue to serve today.
Judy Foote, Commons member for Random-Burin-St. George's, said the improvements to this cenotaph in St. George's are a shining example of what can be done through projects financed by Veteran Affairs.
She said while financing is not available for a new war memorial there is money to refurbish existing war memorials that need upgrading and she encourages groups to look into it.