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Monday Monuments and Memorials – Clock Tower, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

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Niagara-on-the-Lake claims the distinction of being the only community in Canada to have a war memorial in the centre of its main street. The memorial clock tower stands on Queen Street between King and Regent Streets. Designed by Toronto architect Charles Wilmott, it was unveiled on 3 June 1922. The cenotaph is dedicated to the memory of Canadians who died in the service of their country.

Reproduction postcards from the Niagara Historical Society show the Clock Tower in earlier times. You can also find some digitized photos in the collection of the Niagara Falls Public Library: the tower had no surrounding plantings in a 1922 photo; a 1943 photo shows the tower almost obscured by ivy. 

Many soldiers in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces stayed under canvas at Camp Niagara before heading overseas. The Polish Army also had a training camp there, with Canadians and Americans of Polish descent.

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