An array of monuments present themselves in Belleville’s Memorial Park, at 130 Station St. (The triangular park is also bounded by Reid St and Cannifton Rd.) Together they honour the soldiers from Belleville and Thurlow in WW1, WW2, the Korean War, the Merchant Navy, Peacekeeping, the Canadian Forces and Afghanistan.
According to signs in the park, the original Belleville cenotaph was erected with funds from the estate of Mrs RJ Graham, the Women’s Patriotic Society and private donations. The Thurlow Township monument was relocated from Corbyville when the city and township amalgamated.
By 2001, the original Belleville cenotaph was in sad shape. A new monument, incorporating elements of the original, is at the centre of the row. Names of those who died in WW1 and WW2 names are on new granite stones flanking it. A new Merchant Navy monument is to the right of the WW2 stone. The Thurlow monument is on the far left.
A picture of the original cenotaph is etched on a sign at the park entrance. It looks more elegant than the replacement, in my humble opinion.
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