Matilda war monument enhancement approved

DIXON’S CORNERS – Matilda’s war monument and plaques will undergo renovations and enhancements thanks to the efforts of a committee of local volunteers.

The group, led by Eric Duncan, publicly unveiled the design (pictured above) and proposal at the February 19 council meeting.

“Over the years since its dedication in 1984, the condition of the site has declined and both the monument and the plaques are not accessible with any walkway,” said Duncan in the presentation to council.

The proposal would enhance the monument and plaques on the west side of the Matilda Hall. They would have a place of prominence on an elevated interlock platform and a new interlock pathway would lead to them from the main entrance of the hall.

Lighting, new flag poles and Vimy Oaks are also part of the $64,000 proposal.

Hoping to receive funding from Veteran’s Affairs and the South Branch Community Fund, Duncan asked South Dundas council to consider a contribution of $4,101 to the project. The project will also fundraise by selling engraved stones.

Council was eager to support the effort and agreed that they will commit up to $6,000 to the project.

Work should begin after Labour Day weekend and continue throughout the month of September. The goal is to host a dedication ceremony in October, before the regular November 11 Remembrance Day ceremony.

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