By Joel van der Veen
LOREBURN — In 1927, veterans from Loreburn and area built a monument to their fallen comrades in the centre of their village.
They had hauled rocks — likely from the Wankel farm, west of town — and constructed the stone memorial at the corner of Main Street and Saskatchewan Avenue, near the brick schoolhouse.
Ninety years later, residents of the village gathered to rededicate their cenotaph, and to remember and honour the fallen.
Thirteen men are commemorated on the monument — 11 casualties from the First World War, and two from the Second World War.
During Tuesday’s ceremony, Rev. Ursula Wiig spoke of the importance of continuing to remember their sacrifice.
Recalling the horror of conflicts past and present, she added, “We also want to dedicate ourselves to making a better world.”
The 90-year-old monument was recently refurbished by local volunteers, ensuring it will continue to serve its purpose for years to come.
Andy Wong and his wife May led the repairs, removing and replacing the mortar, which had deteriorated over time. Also, the plaques were cleaned and the letters were repainted by Sue Ann Abbott.
The project cost roughly $1,200, about half of which was covered by a grant from Veterans Affairs Canada. The rest of the costs were covered by the branch’s Poppy Trust Fund and by the village itself.
Around 140 people gathered Tuesday morning for the ceremony. This included close to 100 students from Loreburn Central School, who walked to the site for the occasion.
The date, June 6, was chosen as the 73rd anniversary of the landing at Normandy, popularly known as D-Day.
Joe Sitavanc, president of Loreburn-Elbow Branch No. 251 of the Royal Canadian Legion, served as emcee.
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