$60K revamp of Matilda Cenotaph to be done by mid-October after $25K federal grant received

DIXONS CORNERS — The volunteer efforts to renovate and enhance the cenotaph monument and bronze plaques in front of the Matilda Hall received a significant funding boost with a contribution from Veterans Affairs Canada.

“Through the Commemorative Partnership Program, with a contribution of up to $25,000, the government … proudly supports the Municipality of South Dundas and their efforts to restore the community cenotaph — a
solemn space for the community to honour the local citizens who served and sacrificed for our freedom,” said Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence.

“We are very grateful to Veterans Affairs Canada for supporting our project, it is a big boost to make sure this project happens,” said Committee Chair Eric Duncan. “We have seen strong local community support and these
federal funds help us out greatly.” The project is scheduled to break ground after Labour Day and be completed by mid-October.

The project also received major financial support of $10,000 from the South Branch Community Fund this spring. The Committee is also accepting charitable donations and selling walkway bricks for $150 (income tax receipts provided).

Donation forms are available at www.SouthDundas.com/Matilda or at the Brinston General Store.

“To date, we have sold nearly 30 stones to local businesses, families and supporters. They are engraving either their names or the name of a loved one. This fundraiser is a win-win to include the community and raise the funds we need to complete the project,” said Duncan.

The full project is estimated to cost $60,000 and includes refurbishment of the original monument and bronze plaques from 1984, new walkways from the main entrance of the Matilda Hall over to the site, an elevated platform to display the cenotaph and monument, lighting, landscaping, a new flag pole, and other beautification items.

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