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Surrey replaces aging memorial for veterans

DCN-JOC News Services
Surrey replaces aging memorial for veterans
CITY OF SURREY—Surrey, B.C. residents and officials visit a new memorial erected to honour veterans which replaces one that had begun to show signs of age.

SURREY, B.C.—Those paying their respects to veterans in Surrey can now do so in brand new garden facilities.

The city, in partnership with Veterans Affairs-Canada and the Last Post Fund, have erected a new cenotaph at the Memorial Garden at Sunnyside Lawn Cemetery. The project was started this summer beginning with the removal of the existing cenotaph, originally built in 1955, which showed structural weaknesses caused by natural elements and aging.

“The freedoms that we enjoy today are a result of the sacrifices made by Canada’s war veterans,” said Mayor Doug McCallum in a statement. “As each year goes by, it’s more important than ever that we never forget. We are pleased that the Memorial Garden’s new cenotaph at Sunnyside Lawn Cemetery is complete in time for the community to honour our Canadian veterans this Remembrance Day.”

The new Memorial Garden, designed by Dan Bellan Design, features three aluminum arches which appear to descend from the front and ascend from the rear.

The middle arch includes a two-sided aluminum clad on granite that provides an interpretation of the memorial in both official languages.

The three tall open arches are designed to encourage visitors to walk through while reflecting on the sacrifices made by Canadian and Allied veterans.

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