Niagara Falls, ON, August 11, 2017 – Residents are invited to attend a service and celebration being held for the Tomb of the Unknown Solider at 10:30 a.m. (prompt) on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 at the Fairview Cemetery, located at 4501 Stanley Avenue in Niagara Falls. The service, which is open to the community, will properly recognize the Unknown Soldier as he is laid to rest in the Tomb of the Unknown Solider. It will also celebrate our fallen soldiers as the restoration of our Fields of Honour is recognized.
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. However discussion 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, highly visible and central location. In addition to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and related memorial plaza, a new Field of Honour has been developed, including the restoration of 200 veteran’s graves.
These two initiatives have been made possible by the work of the City of Niagara Falls Cemetery Services, in partnership with the, Niagara Falls Legions: A.C. McCallum Memorial Branch 479; and Niagara Falls Branch 51, the British Canadian Veterans Association, the Lincoln and Welland Regiment Foundation, Kirkpatrick Monument, Morse and Son Funeral Home, Campbell Monument, the Order of St. George and Ground Aerial Maintenance.
For more information, contact:
Mark Richardson, Manager of Cemeteries Services
City of Niagara Falls
Phone: 905-356-7521 ext 5301