8:30 a.m., Aug. 10)
Orléans cenotaph damaged by vandals
of the Orléans cenotaph statue is shown
bent over after it was damaged by vandals
Wednesday night. Fred Sherwin/Photo
bronze statue that watches over the war memorial cenotaph
at the Orléans Legion was descecrated by vandals
Wednesday night, leaving many wondering who would do such
a senseless and disrespectful act.
of the figures on the statue, which depicts a Canadian
soldier protectively watching over a woman, was bent over
marks can clearly be seen on the back of the statue, indicating
the vandals used a great deal of force, possibly with
their feet, to bend it over.
cenotaph was made to honour the war dead in all the wars
and this sort of conduct with our memorial to our dead
comrades is very, very emotional, says Orléans
Royal Canadian Legion branch secretary Sandy Dewar, who
blamed the damage on "thoughtless kids"
may cost several thousand dollars to repair the monument
which was built by Ottawa sculptor Bruce Garner in the
1990s. The police were called in shortly after the damage
was discovered. They did a thorough investigation, inclyding
taking fingerprints, but it is highly unlikely that the
culprits will be found.
member Bud Dion says the Legion plans to contact the company
that cast the statue about repairing it. The cost may
be covered by insurance. If not, the Legion may have to
embark on a fundraising effort to repair it.
cenotaph was undergoing very special upgrades before the
act of vandalism. A new memorial walkway is being installed
with nearly 60 memorial stones, each honouring a war veteran
close to Legion members.
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