Wainfleet Council unveils memorial plaque of Remembrance

A new plaque of Remembrance honouring the citizens of Wainfleet Township who lost their lives in World War One was unveiled by the township council Wednesday night in a special ceremony. In photo from left: Doug Wilford, chair Wainfleet Cenotaph Committee, Ald. Terry Gilmore, Ald. Betty Konc, Ald. Ted Hessels, Mayor April Jeffs, and Bob Cummings, Royal Canadian Legion Br. 4 past president. Mayor Jeffs is holding a photo taken last year of the vigil that will also be integrated into the Wainfleet Township Cenotaph display.

A new plaque of Remembrance honouring the citizens of Wainfleet Township who lost their lives in World War One was unveiled by the township council Wednesday night in a special ceremony. In photo from left: Doug Wilford, chair Wainfleet Cenotaph Committee, Ald. Terry Gilmore, Ald. Betty Konc, Ald. Ted Hessels, Mayor April Jeffs, and Bob Cummings, Royal Canadian Legion Br. 4 past president. Mayor Jeffs is holding a photo taken last year of the vigil that will also be integrated into the Wainfleet Township Cenotaph display.

A new plaque honouring the citizens of Wainfleet Township who lost their lives in World War One was unveiled in a ceremony Wednesday in Town Hall.

“We used to only have a paper with their names listed over the plaque from the Second World War,” Doug Wilford chair Wainfleet Cenotaph committee said. “We thought that it just doesn’t do justice to them.”

“So, we decided at our committee level ‘We’re going to take some of this money (left over from the building of the Wainfleet Township Cenotaph) and build a plaque for the First World War citizens that resembles the one from the Second World War that is in council chambers.’”

“So, after consulting with Kirkpatrick Monuments, this is the end result,” he said.

“Wainfleet was one of the few municipalities that I know of that didn’t have a cenotaph,” Royal Canadian Legion Branch 4 past president Bob Cummings said. “Wainfleet Mayor April Jeffs visited me while I was in the classroom at the local public school talking about Remembrance Day and she said then ‘We need to get a cenotaph in Wainfleet.’”

In 2013 a committee was formed, Wilford was elected chair, to have a Cenotaph built for Wainfleet.

“Bob Cummings directed us to funding from the Canadian War Memorial project, set aside by Veterans Affairs Canada,” Wilford said. “It was designed to maintain existing cenotaphs or to help communities build new ones, we qualified as we needed a new one built.”

“Funding also came from the community and organizations in the community,” he said. “Wainfleet was very generous towards this because as a mostly Dutch community, they think highly of Canadian serviceman because Canada liberated Holland in World War Two.”

The Wainfleet Township Cenotaph was unveiled in October 2014 and their first Remembrance Day Ceremonies were held on November 11, 2014.

The plaque honouring the members of Wainfleet Township who lost their lives in World War One was commissioned with extra money from the cenotaph project.

“I have learned so much and become so much more passionate about Remembrance Day, about our veterans and about our history in my time as Mayor,” Wainfleet Township Mayor April Jeffs said in her presentation. “In this world that we live in, recognizing important things from the past seem to mean so much more and I think it is very important for us to remember.”

“This plaque definitely completes the effort of the past couple of years with the cenotaph and the tulip garden (70th Anniversary Dutch-Canadian Friendship Tulip Garden planted in Oct. 2015),” she said.

 

 

 


 

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