MOREWOOD — COVID-19 hasn’t knocked the wind out of efforts to revitalize the historic Morewood Cenotaph monument — at least in cyberspace.
While a planned June 20 dinner/dance with silent auction and other in-person fundraiser events have been scrubbed, the Morewood Cenotaph Committee has forged ahead and launched a GoFundMe page to generate dollars for the cause.
Committee member Reg Murphy says he and Chris Paré — recently joining the project — worked from their respective homes last night to set up the fundraiser page. A public servant, Paré works as a technical specialist/program manager, reports Murphy, lauding his colleague’s computer skills as “a great help” setting up the crowdfunding initiative and associated Facebook event.
Estimated at $54,000-plus, organizers aim to have the planned monument improvements completed in time for the Cenotaph’s 100th anniversary celebrations on July 6, 2021. It’s expected that Veteran’s Affairs Canada will contribute up to $25,000 for the Morewood project — leaving the community to raise the balance.
Soaring above the village’s main corner, the Morewood Cenotaph’s crowning feature is a granite statue of Capt. E.J. Glasgow, one of 20 Morewood men to lose their lives in World War I.
Remembrance Day 2019 was the 99th November 11th for the monument, which was originally funded by the community and the Glasgow family and unveiled in the summer of 1921. Assuming COVID-19 restrictions are lessened, this November 11th will see the 100th gathering for Remembrance Day at the site, leading up to the centennial of the monument itself in summer 2021.