The new Veterans Memorial Garden in St. Thomas was unveiled in October 2017 by the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario. The Gardens brings together two memorials from other parts of the town, and also introduces a new sculpture. A stone walkway and gardens join all these memorials in an attractive setting.
Two previous memorials moved here are the Great War memorial, which previously stood in front of the St. Thomas-Elgin Hospital, and the WWII/Korean War commemorative from its Talbot Street location. These two magnificent memorials have under-gone a total restoration and fit very beautifully in the new Veterans Memorial Garden. As well a new, life-sized, bronze statue of an Afghanistan soldier was also dedicated at the same time. The new statue was created by a Sudbury-based sculptor Tyler Fauvelle.
The Memorial Garden took considerable effort as they had to move the two monuments to the new location and invest in a few new monuments and cenotaphs. In total
they had to raise 300 thousand dollars to build the Memorial Garden. They applied to the government, the city, got money from veteran’s affairs, and the
rest was raised locally.
Congratulations to the citizens of St. Thomas for their continued allegiance to the military and for their new Veterans Memorial Park.