members of the Richmond Legion wanted to do
something to mark the 200th anniversary of the
War of 1812 and to honour all the members of
the Armed Forces - past, present and future.
2010 or so, we began to look around for some
ideas on the best way to do this. At one
time the Canadian Armed Forces were offering
disarmed and disabled army vehicles and when
we heard about this we immediately made up
an application and lo and behold we were
notified that we qualified. We began to
scout out the best place to put such an item
at our legion and decided that the front
lawn of the property would be perfect –
visible from the hall itself as well as from
the road. Plans were made to put down a
cement pad and measurements taken and
finances planned. Unfortunately the first
vehicle we asked for was no longer available
and the one that was offered turned out to
be much too large for the space available.
The third alternative would require too much
maintenance and upkeep. So we shelved the
idea of a military vehicle.
suggestions and ideas were tossed around and
it was decided that cairns are used
throughout our neck of the woods to mark
historic events so some of the members went
to Connaught Range and saw some of their
cairns and monuments.
cairn was to be constructed and finished
with stone and there were to be plaques on
each side of the cairn commemorating
historical and military events and
personnel. In the spring of 2012 plans were
drawn, finances approved and that fall the
base was poured and the materials were
ordered and the cairn was begun.
Unfortunately the stone required to finish
the cairn was not received until the spring
of 2013 and the plaques for each side of the
cairn did not arrive until late May 2013!
Luckily for us the timing was perfect since
the Richmond Legion celebrated their 40th
anniversary in June 2013 and at the dinner
on June 1, 2013 the cairn was unveiled and
a beautiful tribute to our history and
military personnel and each of the four
sides of the cairn have a plaque: one side
marks the War of 1812 and the settling of
Richmond in 1818; one side honours the Royal
Canadian Legion, one side the United Nations
and North American Treaty Organization and
one side honours World War I & II.
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