Monday, March 8, 2010

Memorial to Calgary’s fallen soldiers breaks ground

Using historical military entrenching tools at a ceremony today, Mayor Dave Bronconnier was joined by Colonel T.M. Putt, Commander 41 Canadian Brigade Group, to officially break ground on the Calgary Soldiers’ Memorial.

Calgary’s fallen soldiers with our army reserve regiments leave behind a rich and honoured legacy. The Calgary Soldiers’ Memorial pays tribute to their sacrifice and service made in World War 1, World War 2 and Afghanistan. Large stone tablets will list over 3000 soldiers who have died while serving their country, with the cap Badge of units displayed at the top

Initiated by The Calgary Highlanders in conjunction with their Centennial in 2010, the project encompasses all army reserve units based in Calgary (The King’s Own Calgary Regiment; 41 Combat Engineer Regiment;746 (Calgary) Communications Squadron;14 (Calgary) Service Battalion;15 Field Ambulance, Detachment Calgary).

The Memorial design was created by the Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative and is and integral part of the larger Memorial Drive - Landscape of Memory project with The City. The Landscape of Memory consists of a nine kilometre corridor along Memorial Drive, that will include a series of interconnected public spaces to share the history and story of Calgary’s military, rededicated the founding purpose of Memorial Drive.

Scheduled for completion next fall, The Memorial is one of the first public space features being developed along the corridor. Located just west of Louise Bridge, the installation overlooks the Bow River towards the Mewata Armoury, the mustering point from which many Canadian soldiers departed to serve their country.

Funding for the Calgary Soldiers’ Memorial is through a number of sources in the public and private sectors, including corporations and service clubs, individuals and The City of Calgary Enmax Legacy Parks Program.

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