BY SHANNON DUFF
LISTOWEL – With gratitude to those who gave their lives so we might live, the restructured Veterans Walkway was rededicated on Sunday, Aug. 11 to its purpose of commemorating the fallen.
Family members, dignitaries, members of the public and representatives of Major Andrew McKeever Branch 259, Listowel, gathered at Cenotaph Park Sunday for the re-dedication service, which recognized the relocated and restructured stones that comprise Veterans Walkway, and the names those stones bear.
“I’d like to thank the Legion, and all the members that helped,” said vice-president Bert Hoffele. “We [invested] a lot of hours and it’s very nice to see it done.”
The notion of a place for family, friends and local residents to commemorate veterans and their service to this country came to light in early 2010, Legion president Brad Matheson explained.
“Stones were laid in the ground alongside the paved pathway,” he said. “It soon became apparent it was not the ideal spot for the lovely granite memorial.”
In the winter, the stones could potentially be damaged by snow-removal equipment. In the summer, the stones were overgrown with grass. In 2013, it was decided the stones would be relocated so they could be elevated and seen throughout the seasons.
After much deliberation, the current location in Cenotaph Park in Listowel was selected.