The Cloverdale Legion will be hosting a rededication ceremony of the renovated World War I veterans’ area on June 5 at 1:00 PM.
The Cloverdale Legion has been working with the City of Surrey Cemetery Services to renovate the existing World War I veterans’ area. The project involved having the WWI memorials returned to their original setting. Upright memorials that had been flat have been resurrected and pillow type memorials have been raised, cleaned and retouched. The cornerstones have been replaced with new granite cornerstones, the grass area surrounding the graves has received new sod and leveled, a new Memorial Garden has been created, and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has supplied two new upright markers.
A short and moving ceremony has been planned to include a short on site parade, and address by the Branch Padre to rededicate the veterans’ area and memorial, a tribute to the passing of John Babcock, the last Canadian WW1 veteran, and the Last Post is to be performed on a 1916 WWI bugle, a recent donation to the Cloverdale Legion.
Toward the conclusion of the ceremony, the Mayor will plant the last plant in the Memorial Garden.