Provincial Marine officially dedicate new monument

 

Terry Hall and Grant Bone stand with the Provincial Marine monument after it was officially dedicated Sunday morning. Bone donated portraits and cannon balls to the Provincial Marine for their use in the Commissariat and as part of the monument respectively.

Terry Hall and Grant Bone stand with the Provincial Marine monument after it was officially dedicated Sunday morning. Bone donated portraits and cannon balls to the Provincial Marine for their use in the Commissariat and as part of the monument respectively.

Provincial Marine president David May talks about the group's monument, which sits at the north end of King's Navy Yard Park. Observing are Essex MP Jeff Watson, sculptor Mark Williams and Mayor Wayne Hurst.

Provincial Marine president David May talks about the group’s monument, which sits at the north end of King’s Navy Yard Park. Observing are Essex MP Jeff Watson, sculptor Mark Williams and Mayor Wayne Hurst.

Re-enactors that participated in the weekend's Military Heritage Days at Fort Malden National Historic Site also took part in the dedication ceremony. They lined up along the waterfront with those depicting the 34th Regiment also performing a musket firing.

Re-enactors that participated in the weekend’s Military Heritage Days at Fort Malden National Historic Site also took part in the dedication ceremony. They lined up along the waterfront with those depicting the 34th Regiment also performing a musket firing.

By Ron Giofu

 

The Provincial Marine’s monument remembering the War of 1812 has been completed for several months and is now officially dedicated.

A roughly 20-minute ceremony took place Sunday morning at the monument, located at the north end of King’s Navy Yard Park. The first part of the Mark Williams-designed monument was dedicated in 2012 as part of that year’s Roots to Boots Festival with Sunday’s ceremony being to dedicate the final phases.

“This project has been a while in the making, over a couple of years,” said Provincial Marine president David May. “We have put together something the town will be proud of.”

The monument was an example of what happens when senior levels of government works with groups like the Provincial Marine, stated Mayor Wayne Hurst.

“We are very appreciative of their efforts,” he said.

Both Hurst and Leamington Mayor John Paterson, the latter present to stand in for Warden Tom Bain in representing the County of Essex, commented the monument reflected the sacrifices soldiers made in that ear.

“It’s a remembrance of what so many men and women have sacrificed over the years,” added Paterson.

Essex MP Jeff Watson, whose government provided grant funding to allow for completion of the latter two phases of the monument project, praised groups like the Provincial Marine who are passionate about history “week after week, year after year.” The War of 1812 helped pave the way towards Confederation in 1867, Watson added.

“It’s a phenomenal project,” said Watson, of the monument. “I’m honoured the Government of Canada got to participate in the final two pieces of this project.”

Re-enactors participating in the Military Heritage Days at Fort Malden National Historic Site also attended the ceremony with the 34th Regiment having a musket firing in addition to the Provincial Marine’s cannon firing.

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