October 31, 2017 - The following is a statement from the PC Health Critic Jeff Yurek
on the opening of the Veterans Memorial Gardens:
"This past weekend marked the official opening of the Veterans Memorial Garden in
More than 100 people braved the cold and gathered in downtown St. Thomas for the
opening. In addition to the general public, the crowd was made up of city officials;
members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Lord Elgin Branch 41; members of the Elgin
Regiment; Mayor Heather Jackson, Warden Grant Jones and MP Karen Vecchio. In addition,
the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Her Honour Elizabeth Dowdeswell, was there for
The Veterans Memorial Garden committee, made up of community members, spearheaded
the project over the last two years and were able to raise enough money to create
the gardens. The hard work of the committee contributed to over $110,000 raised
through their efforts. I want to really thank Herb Warren and his committee for
putting this together for the city of St. Thomas and the county of Elgin.
The garden includes the city's Boy Soldier statue recognizing First World War veterans,
the city's Second World War/Korean War cenotaph, and a new monument that was created,
recognizing those who served in the war in Afghanistan.
In addition, a Vimy tree was planted. A Vimy tree was grown from acorns from Vimy
Ridge brought over to Canada, and we now have one of those in St. Thomas.
The committee felt that this garden made sense because it brought together all the
monuments throughout the city to one central location.
The new Veterans Memorial Garden provides the people of St. Thomas with more than
just a memorial. There's a park to enjoy, and spots to sit and reflect on the contributions
made by brave men and women.
I look forward to the first Remembrance Day service, occurring November 11."