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Monday Monuments and Memorials – Cenotaph, Tara, ON

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The cenotaph in Tara, Ontario stands in Memorial Park, a grassy triangle formed by Ann, Main and Yonge Streets. A granite stele topped with a flame is etched with a stylized cross and nimbus. A slab in front for “our gallant unforgotten” is topped by a sword and wreath. Inset lettering on the back dedicates the monument “in proud and loving remembrance of our honoured dead and those who carried on in the Great War,” listing men from Aaron, Tara and Allenford.

I can find no information on when the monument was erected or by whom it was designed. It was in place in 1935 when an oak tree was planted in the park to mark the silver jubilee of George V. (That tree, framing the left side of the first photo, is now over 80 years old.) An early photo shows a captured gun in front of the cenotaph (scroll down on the linked page and click on the sepia photo). 

The refurbished monument was rededicated on 4 October 2015. The old cracked base was replaced, the monument was cleaned, and a new walkway, gardens, benches and lighting were added to the park.

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