A new cenotaph has been erected at Sunnyside Lawn Cemetery in South Surrey, “in time for the community to honor our Canadian veterans on Remembrance Day.”
According to a press release issued by the City of Surrey on Friday morning (November 5), the Memorial Garden project was completed at the 14850 28th Avenue cemetery in partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada and the Last Post Fund.
It was launched in the summer, starting with the removal of the cenotaph built in 1955, which showed structural weaknesses caused by natural elements and the passage of time, according to the states of liberation.
Designed by Dan Bellan Design, the new Memorial Garden consists of three aluminum arches that appear to descend from the front and rise from the rear, the statement explains. The middle arch features a two-sided aluminum cladding over granite that provides an interpretation of the monument in both official languages. The three large open arches allow people to walk through, reflecting on the sacrifices of Canadian and Allied veterans who served in times of war and peace.
“The freedoms we enjoy today are the result of the sacrifices made by Canada’s veterans,” Mayor Doug McCallum said in the release. âOver the years, it is more important than ever to never forget. “
According to information available at surrey.ca, Sunnyside Lawn Cemetery is one of three owned and operated by the city. Funeral service began at the 28-acre site in 1954.
Surrey is not hosting any in-person Remembrance Day tributes this year, however, a small wreath laying ceremony planned at Veterans Square in Cloverdale is to be broadcast live on the the city’s Facebook page and the Heritage Surrey Facebook page, starting at 10:30 a.m. on November 11.
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