It was a sunny afternoon in October 2003 as Collingwood residents gathered for the official dedication of the new Honour Walls at The Station.
Thanksgiving Honour Wall Dedication
The official ribbon cutting ceremony was conducted by (from left to right) MP Paul Bonwick, World War Two Veterans John Richards and Chic Simonato and Collingwood Mayor Terry Geddes.
Bright sunshine greeted veterans and guests at a dedication ceremony of two additional Honour Walls at The Station Thanksgiving Monday afternoon at 2pm. The four memorial walls honour all of Collingwood's war veterans. The first wall was dedicated on VE Day in 2002. The walls list the names of more than 460 veterans and the units they served in.
Thanksgiving Monday’s ceremony included remarks by John Richards and a parade of veterans in uniform around the station. Richards and Simonato began the project three years ago which saw two walls constructed at site of the former Collingwood Train Station. Today’s dedication ceremony represents the final stage of the project. Simonato is proud of the work the organizers have done to create this memorial. Organizers wanted to create a memorial to honour all the veterans and units they served in. "This wall is the only one of its kind in Canada" Simonato said. "This is a proud day for Collingwood and it's fitting that we honour our war veterans on Thanksgiving Day" said Mayor Terry Geddes. The bricks on the wall were purchased for 50 dollars each. The Station houses the Collingwood Museum, and inside sits a book created by Simonato detailing events of the veterans and their units.
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