The plans for repairing the Melita Cenotaph have been ongoing for the last couple of years. The base has been crumbling and is in need of major repair. A committee started making plans for this repair and began fundraising. At first it was thought this would be a simple project but they found that the bottom step of the monument has broken stone which needs to be removed and replaced with new brickwork. The stone will be supplied from a quarry in Manitoba. The broken pieces will be salvaged for a future project. The plaques will be cleaned up and two new plaques will be installed. One in memory of Canadians who gave their lives in Afghanistan and the other is dedicated to Canadians that made the ultimate sacrifice during peacekeeping missions around the globe.
The community has been very generous with their donations to help with this project. Funds have been secured from the government by way of a grant for half the cost of the repair. The Town of Melita have donated funds and will also give “gifts in kind” by way of helping with the labour of restoring the monument under the direction of Earl Line who has been commissioned to do this project. The Municipality of Two Borders has also contributed funds.
The Melita Legion Ladies Auxiliary #127 held a fundraising supper in February and were very pleased to present Grant Hume with a cheque in the amount of $1,700 toward this project. Donations are still needed and can be made at the Melita Sunrise Credit Union. If you wish, an income tax receipt donations can be taken to the Town of Melita office.
It is hoped that the Cenotaph repairs will begin very soon and will be finished by this fall.