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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Goderich Extends Reflection Garden To Cenotaph

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  
Council votes to approve area from Courthouse wall to sidewalk for Reflection Garden

The Royal Canadian Legion has been granted extension of its Reflection Garden attached to the Cenotaph in Goderich's Courthouse Square.

By a recorded vote of 5 to 2 Monday, Town Council approved a triangular area that extends from the Court House wall to the sidewalk for the Reflection Garden.

Legion Branch 109 Past President Paul Thorne says the vote restores honour to the war dead memorialized on the Cenotaph, while still providing enough space for special events being held in the park.

Thorne argues that while special events might last for several days, the Cenotaph and Reflection Garden are intended for use 365 days a year.

He tells us it's important for space to be set aside to recall the sacrifice of Goderich-area residents in two World Wars, and other military missions around the world.

Councillor Michele Hansen expressed disappointment over the vote, telling Council that continuous space is important for special events.

Hansen had hoped a compromise could be reached between the Huron Womens' Shelter and the Legion, but Thorne counters that the Legion's hand was forced into appealing to Council.

Womens' Shelter officials say the extension of the Reflection Garden will negatively impact fundraising efforts through their annual arts and crafts sale.


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