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(Posted 8:30 a.m., Aug. 10)
Orléans cenotaph damaged by vandals
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Part of the Orléans cenotaph statue is shown bent over after it was damaged by vandals Wednesday night. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The 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.

One of the figures on the statue, which depicts a Canadian soldier protectively watching over a woman, was bent over nearly 45-degrees.

Scoff 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.

“Our 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"

It 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.

Executive 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.

The 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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