12:30 p.m., Aug. 18)
Local community offers to help replace damaged cenotaph
to the Orléans Legion cenotaph, damaged
last week by vandals, are on hold until it
can be determined whether the statue can be
repaired or has to be recast. File photo
of the local community are stepping up to offer their
help to repair the Orléans Legion cenotaph damaged
by vandals last week.
Jim Ferguson says the Legion has received a number of
calls from Good Samaritans willing to donate to the cause,
but any fundriasing effort has to be put on hold until
they ascertain exactly how much money they need to raise.
first step is to decide whether the damaged portion of
the statue can be repaired or has to be replaced. Once
that's been determined, they will be able to come up with
a cost estimate.
must also determine how much of the cost will be covered
by insurance and what the deductible is.
Department of Veteran Affairs has indicated it will be
able to cover part of the cost, but there may still be
an outstanding amount which is where the local community
will be able to help out.
martial arts club located across the street from the Legion
plans to hold an open house to help raise money for the
repairs. Many of the club's members are current or former
members of the armed forces and they have a personal interest
in repairing the vandalized monunment.
this happened last week, it obviously had an impact on
us, said Christian Beese, who has served in the
Canadian Forces for 21 years.
of the delay in moving forward with repairs has been the
result of the ongoing police investigation.
police have been excelent, but it's all taken time,"
says Ferguson. "We need to find out what needs to
be done and then we need to get a quote before we decide
how we're going to pay for it."
the cost, it seems certain the Legion will be able to
count on the local community to step up to the plate and
right a terrible wrong.
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