Years of work and hundreds of thousand of dollars raised has led to this weekend’s unveiling of Kimberley’s new Veteran Memorial Park.
The new cenotaph will be unveiled at the site across from City Hall Saturday morning.
A short parade starts 11 AM at the Elks Hall to the memorial, with all veterans welcomed to take part.
Military Ames Facilitator Cindy Postnikoff says its going to be a special day.
“Certainly couldn’t have done it without the kindness from all of the community, both Kimberley and Cranbrook,” Postnikoff says. “The support that we’ve gotten has been phenomenal and we just can’t thank everybody enough. Certainly couldn’t have done it without it.”
Postnikoff says they’ve received e-mails from across Canada congratulating them on this monumental moment.
“People are really excited that we are doing this and feel that its been a long time coming,” Postnikoff says. “There’s been so much thought going into this new monument and park that people are really seeing that and responding to how much this means to our veterans and to our community.”
The old cenotaph is over 70 years old and Postnikoff says it was time for an upgrade.
The new memorial will recognize all veterans, with a focus on the World Wars and Vietnam War.
– Military Ames facilitator and Veterans Memorial Park project manager, Cindy Postnikoff
– Josh Hoffman