By Nikki Jamieson
Westwind Weekly News
The Village of Stirling has received funding for its Cenotaph Project from the Legion Poppy Fund.
Through Glenn Miller, the village had made an application to the Legion Poppy Fund for the creation of a cenotaph space to support efforts of remembrance within the village and to honour local Veterans.
“The Village of Stirling has been fortunate to be able to work with Glenn Miller on our Cenotaph Project and this partnership has led to this funding opportunity and a wealth of information we’ve been able to incorporate into the project,” said Mayor Trevor Lewington. “We are very excited to receive this funding from the Legion Poppy Fund and it will be an integral source of funding, as we continue on with the Cenotaph Project.”
Through donations to the Legion Poppy Fund, the Legion provides financial assistance and support to Veterans, including Canadian Armed Forces and the RCMP, and their families who are in need. Poppy funds may be used for several ways to support their needs, such as promoting and administering remembrance activities to ensure Canadians never forget the sacrifices of Canada’s Veterans.
The Lethbridge Legion values the support by the donations received each year, not only from the City of Lethbridge, but also the surrounding communities of Coaldale, Magrath, Raymond and Stirling.
“The General Stewart branch is pleased to make a donation of $15,000 from the Poppy Fund towards the Stirling project,” says Tom McElhinney, chair of the Poppy Committee. “It will serve as a proud focal point within the community to hold future remembrance activities.”
“We congratulate the village, as it prepares to engage with the community in Stirling and abroad researching those who served. As this project yields more information of the military contributions made, the community will have a great resource to fully appreciate the service sacrifice and commitment of its citizens.”
Village council had approved the project in the 2021 Budget approvals, and the complete project is costed at $52,000. The cenotaph will be located on Third Street in the village.
For more information on the project, visit stirling.ca/archives/8869.