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Cross of Sacrifice Rededication set for September 23 at 7 p.m.
September 17, 2014 -
Kingston's Cross of Sacrifice restoration is complete!
The rededication ceremony for the Cross of Sacrifice, erected in 1925 as Kingston's memorial to those of this community who fell in the Great War and now symbolizing the contribution and sacrifice for all of Kingston's fallen men and women, will take place on September 23 at 7 p.m. The Cross, beside the Murney Tower at King and George Streets, is the gathering place for the Civic Service of Remembrance every November 11.
Long a local landmark, the Princess of Wales' Own Regiment and the City of Kingston worked together to preserve the cenotaph. Fundraising from the PWOR, a grant from Veteran's Affairs, and funds from the City of Kingston Cultural Service's budget for artifact restoration allowed for the completion of the project which cost $40,000. More than $12,000 for this effort was raised by the Princess of Wales Own Regiment Foundation from 85 individual donors and 27 organizations.
The memorial was showing wear and tear from the weather and vandals: mortar between the stones had deteriorated, the granite stones around the base had shifted out of place, the stones were stained from exposure to the elements and pollutants, and the sword was discoloured and had a bend in it from vandals attempting to pry it off. Along with the rest of the City's civic collection of heritage artifacts, works of art, and monuments, the Cross of Sacrifice tells an important story about this community and its people. The restoration work in August has reversed the wear and tear of time and the monument has been preserved for the long term.
At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23, immediately following the PWOR parade and the posting of the Royal Canadian Legion flag, the rededication ceremony of the refurbished Cross of Sacrifice will take place allowing the cenotaph to continue to remind us of the stories of the men and women to whom this memorial is dedicated.
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