City granted $50,000 for new war memorial

Phil Ryan, a veteran of the Korean War, says the new cenotaph is a beautiful addition to the park. “They did a really nice job,” he said.  - Miranda GATHERCOLE/Langley Times
Phil Ryan, a veteran of the Korean War, says the new cenotaph is a beautiful addition to the park. “They did a really nice job,” he said.
— image credit: Miranda GATHERCOLE/Langley Times

The government of Canada is granting the City of Langley $50,000 towards its new war memorial in Douglas Park.

Langley MP Mark Warawa publicly announced the amount  at Douglas Park Monday to members of the Langley Legion and City of Langley officials.

The grant comes through the Community War Memorial Program and will fund a new cenotaph to commemorate Langley residents who served during the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War.

“Our government is ensuring that we continue to remember, and to honour the great sacrifices and the tremendous achievements of these brave Canadians,” Warawa said.

Construction workers have been working tirelessly to get the new memorial finished in time for the Remembrance Day ceremony on Friday, Nov. 11.

A tall black granite-clad slab stands tall in the centre of the monument with the inscription “Our Glorious Dead.” Beside are two white slabs to represent hope for the future.

“Last year we had a Remembrance Day service and what was unfortunate was that not everyone could hear and see,” said Mayor Peter Fassbender.

“So we talked about building something in the centre of Douglas Park that would be used not only for the Remembrance Day services but other memorial services, and as a place where people can come and reflect. And what you see is the result of that vision and that dream that we shared.”

A public prayer and dedication ceremony will be held at the new monument Wednesday (Nov. 9) at 2 p.m.

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