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Blackfalds working on veterans' memorial

Blackfalds will soon have its own tribute to its war veterans, even though it may take a while.

Though the Backfalds war memorial project is ready to go, Judy Carleton, Blackfalds Historical Society president, said they are at the mercy of the construction of the Blackfalds Field House, because the memorial will be built in the same area.

“I think it’s very important, that’s the ultimate sacrifice,” said Carleton.

“There has to be recognition of people, and it doesn’t have to be people from way back in the First World War, there are people today coming home from Afghanistan.”

The monument will consist of the names of service people who contributed in any war.

There will be room left on the monument for future names to be added.

“The other component of our war memorial is there is going to cement work so it can’t really be done in cold weather,” said Carleton.

“We’re shooting for having it done through the summer of next year, depending on how things go with the field house.”

The hope is to have a grand opening of the memorial late in fall 2013.

All the fundraising goals for the project have been met and they have hired an artist, Voyager Art and Tile.

“They’re award winning artists and they’re local,” said Carleton. “They’ve already designed it and we, as a board, have accepted it and got the funding.”

Carleton said the community response has been middling, with a few people responding to notices and advertisements.

“I’m trying to also have a corresponding book in the archive with more information,” she said. “You can’t put someone’s life history on the monument of 60 people.”

Meaning the monument will contain names and art work from Voyager Art and Tile, while the book will tell more about the people on the monument. Some of those details include what regiment they served in, what war and photos of them.

“We’re also going to try and have a QR Code on the monument and have the information on the website,” said Carleton.

This will allow people who visit when the Blackfalds library is closed or Carleton is busy to read up on the history.

mcrawford@reddeeradvocate.com

 
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