War Memorial Park, at the corner of Jane and Colborne Streets in Walkerton, Ontario, started with a monument. Several elements have been added over the years.
The monument itself was built by the McIntosh Granite Company of Toronto and dedicated in November 1921. A laurel wreath and maple leaves ring the top of the granite pedestal, with the words sacrifice, endurance, courage and humanity. The dedication beneath a town crest reads:
In honoured memory of the brave sons of Walkerton who sacrificed their lives for home and empire in the Great War.
This memorial is erected by the people of Walkerton in grateful recognition.
They gave their lives to the empire and received each a home in the minds of men where their glory remains fresh to stir to speech and action as the occasion comes by.
Their glory shall not fade.
1914 – 1919
The 50 men who died are named on either side, revealing a range of family origins. Battles are listed on the back – Passchendaele, Hooge, Arras, Sanctuary Wood, Courcelette, Amiens, St. Eloi, Mons, Vimy Ridge, Givenchy, Lens, Ypres, Festubert, Bourlon Wood, Douai, Somme and Cambrai.
The soldier standing on top of the pedestal is a common figure on McIntosh monuments. Paisley and Picton both sport variations.
A plaque with WW2 names has been added at the bottom of the monument. A 1981-82 plaque says the park is “dedicated to the memory of all those from our community who made the supreme sacrifice and to commemorate our local armed forces veterans who did so honour their community, their country and themselves for the cause of peace and freedom.” A Veterans Walk of Honour, with pathways, names and benches, was initiated in 2005 and completed in 2008.
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