Milestone day for Wall of Remembrance

Milestone day for Wall of Remembrance

Rosalind Chow, left, took first place in a design competition for the National Wall of Remembrance, to be built at CFB Kingston, while Jonas Lobo and Justin Hanlon were runners-up. (Michael Lea/The Whig-Standard)

A national monument in Kingston honouring Canada's fallen servicemen and women is one step closer to reality with the announcement Wednesday of three designs that will be incorporated to produce the final structure.

The designs were submitted by post-secondary students to a contest organized by the National Wall of Remembrance Association.

The wall, both its physical site and an online component, will be located at the Military Communications and Electronics Museum on Canadian Forces Base Kingston.

"This is a very special day for us, a milestone," said Allan Jones, chairman of the National Wall of Remembrance Association during a ceremony at the museum.

The association was founded in 2010 to begin the mission of honouring the 117,000 Canadians who have died in campaigns around the world over the years.

"They died defending Canadian values, freedom and justice and protecting Canadian citizens against terrorism, dictatorships, tyranny and oppression," Jones said. "The vision of the National Wall of Remembrance Association is to build a memorial to every one of these Canadian heroes."

The online part of the memorial will offer biographies and profiles of each fallen man or woman, along with photos whenever possible and details of their unit.

"What may start as a quick search for a relative who died could turn into a journey through the history of that soldier's time in the military, where they fought, where they fell and who they knew."

It is hoped that part will be online by the end of the year at www.canadianfallen.ca. To come up with a design for the physical part of the memorial, retired major general Walter Holmes ran a contest that started with students at St. Lawrence College, Loyalist College and Algonquin College, but eventually included Queen's University and Royal Military College.

The winner, announced Wednesday, was Rosalind Chow, an architectural technology student at Loyalist College. In second place was Jonas Lobo from Queen's, and in third was Officer Cadet Justin Hanlon from RMC.

Elements from all of the winning designs will be used in creating the final memorial. Jones said it is hoped it will be completed by November 2017.

It is expected to feature multi-sided stones on which will be images of Canada's campaigns, from the War of 1812 through Afghanistan and the current overseas missions. Two of the sides will be left blank for future conflicts "which hopefully will never happen," Jones said. "We are well on our way to seeing our dream become a reality," he said.

"We believe we are doing something very unique and we are proud of that."

 

By Michael Lea, Kingston Whig-Standard
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 8:11:42 EDT PM