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Okanagan Military Museum

SPECIAL PROJECTS

CENOTAPH UPGRADE PROJECT

Kelowna Cenotaph Upgrade Project-some background information.

The genesis of the Kelowna Cenotaph Upgrade Project was a Board of Directors meeting of the Kelowna Veendam Sister City Association when it was decided that a Kelowna Centennial Project was needed to improve the area of Kelowna City Park known as the "Veendam Gardens". This area included the Kelwona Cenotaph dating back to the post-WWI period and an arbour dedicated to WWII veterans.

The intent of the project is to provide the city with one, improved cenotaph that honours veterans of all Canada's wars. The project was launched in May 2004 with the support of all local veterans associations and Mr Art Brown was named as the chairman. The addition of the suport of the City of Kelowna Parks and Leisure Department gave the project the official impetus needed.

Where does the project stand today?

A design for the cenotaph has been proposed that incorporates a central monument symbolizing the two world wars, Korean war and peacekeeping operations that honours the all of Canada's veterans.

 

How much will the project cost and how much has been raised?

The project has been budgeted at $675,000. To date $500,00 has been raised so we're just $175,000 away from reaching our goal. Businesses and private citizens have stepped forward to support this community project that will create a lasting and fitting remembrance for the men and women of of Kelowna who have made the supreme sacrifice for Canada. This new cenotaph will be a place where all their names will be honoured and remembered together.

You can help make this great project a reality through your donations of funds or services. If you do you'll be honouring the memory of those, possibly even members of your family, who did their duty for all of us!

For more information contact:

Art Brown ... 769-3024
Ed Dickens...762-6166
Bob Sanders..860-6241

Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $20 or more

 

 

 

 

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