The City of Niagara Falls Cemetery Services, in partnership with the Order of St. George, Niagara Falls Legions: A.C. McCallum Memorial Branch 479; Chippawa Branch 396; and Niagara Falls Branch 51, the British Canadian Veterans Association, the Lincoln and Welland Regiment, Kirkpatrick Monument, Morse and Son Funeral Home, Campbell Monument, and Grounds Aerial Maintenance have been working toward the design and construction of a new memorial for the Unknown Soldier.
The Unknown Soldier was originally laid to rest in the Field of Honour in Section M at Fairview Cemetery and his grave was simply identified with a flat marker. Initial discussions revolved around the installation of an upright or larger memorial at the existing grave of the Unknown Solider or in the existing garden of Section M as well as the development of an improved Memorial Garden Centered by the Flag. However meetings of the project team and partners ultimately led to the design of a new location and much larger memorial area with a raised crypt monument to serve as the “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier” as well as a second memorial monument to be flanked by the Canadian and Union Jack Flags. The design of the new memorial area also incorporates the planting of two Vimy Oaks (donated by Legion Branch 479), adjacent to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The new memorial area and monument are currently being installed on one of Fairview Cemetery’s islands, which serves as a predominant and highly visible and central location. In addition to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and related memorial plaza, work will also include the development of a new Field of Honour using the remaining two thirds of the island. Two more Vimy Oaks to be planted in the newly developed Field of Honour.
Each year, an annual service during Royal Canadian Legion Week, the third week of September, typically begins with a “Parade to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.” This year, in a very special ceremony, we will properly recognize our Unknown Soldier and celebrate this new memorial to our fallen soldiers as we unveil the restoration of 200 veteran’s graves as well as the development of the new Field of Honour. We invite everyone to share in this mementos occasion on Saturday September 16th, 2017 at Fairview Cemetery in Niagara Falls. We encourage all to arrive at Fairview Cemetery no later than 10:30 am as seating will be limited and the parade/procession of the Unknown Solider will commence at that time from the Cemetery Gates. The official ceremony and re-interment of the Unknown Solider will begin at 11:00 am.