White Cliffe Terrace in Courtice

By Marsha Scott

Early in 2010 White Cliffe Terrace Retirement Residence made a commitment to construct a permanent cenotaph on our grounds as a place of remembrance for our residents as well as the local community.

After consulting with the local Legion and other stakeholders, an artist's rendering of the cenotaph was prepared.  The design used the same brick and architecture as the front entrance to tie into our building.  A helmet worn by a Canadian solder during WWII was sourced to top the cenotaph.   Construction was kept in-house to help with costs and it also allowed the residents to daily monitor the progress of the monument.

On May 1st 2010, a groundbreaking ceremony was held to begin construction.  The Legion and local dignitaries along with residents, staff and families came together for the groundbreaking ceremony just outside our main entrance.

 On September 18, 2010 a dedication service was held.  Residents, their families, staff, dignitaries and the community at large were invited to participate, as the completed cenotaph was unveiled.  The Legion attended with their colour guard and participated in the service.

November 11, 2010 the first Remembrance Day Service at the new cenotaph was observed.  It was an emotional event as veterans from White Cliffe Terrace, local politicians and other community-based organizations who wish to honour the veterans by laying a wreath came together "to remember".

Each November 11, we hold a service honoring the veterans residing at White Cliffe Terrace Retirement Residence, all veterans that have served over the years as well as those who paid the ultimate price.  The community at large is welcome to join with us. 

"At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them"
                                                                                                             Marsha Scott

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