OLDE TOWNE BEVERLY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

INCORPORATED JUNE 30, 2005

Beverly

“To preserve the history of Beverly, using it to educate its citizens and build community.”

 CENOTAPH RESTORATION PROJECT

An Open House to show the proposed redevelopment and restoration of the Beverly Memorial Cenotaph and park took place on September 24, 2013. The event was well attended by the public and feedback on the proposed restoration was very positive. In attendance at the Open House were two of Canada’s Korean Veterans, 5 members of 15 Field Ambulance who also brought a combat field ambulance to the site and three members of 395 Air Cadet Squadron.  

The Beverly Memorial Cenotaph Committee has been working hard for the past year developing the plans for the new park and wanted to show the community what their plans for the restoration of the Cenotaph and redevelopment of the park would entail. The project will include restoring the Cenotaph’s crumbling base, adding the names of other Canadian military commitments, widening sidewalks and improving the park. The main comment expressed by those who attended was “How soon can it happen?”  

DONATIONS NEEDED*

The next phase of the project is to find sufficient funding to complete all the work that needs to be done. The cost of the planned renovation could be as high as $500,000 and we need donations to make this happen. Everyone is affected by war and we all have a family member, friend or acquaintance who has been part of Canada’s military history. Beverly is home to the oldest Memorial Cenotaph in Alberta and it is an important piece of not just our history, but part of Canada’s history. We are asking all residents and businesses to consider donating to this worthy cause. If you are able to donate contact Cornel Rusnak at 780 413-6244 or Joe Luce at joeluce@hotmail.com.

The Beverly Memorial Cenotaph Committee also plans the yearly Remembrance Day ceremony on November 11th. The ceremony began at 9:30 a.m. with a non-denominational service at the Maranatha Christian Reform Church at 11905 -47 Street. At 10:20 a.m. the parade left the church and marched down 118 Avenue to the Cenotaph where the service continued and wreathes were laid. We thank all those who attended and all those who contributed to making our Remembrance Day ceremony as success.

*  Donations are eligible for a tax receipt.

UPDATE: The Rotary Club of Edmonton Northeast has pledged $150,000 toward the Cenotaph Park Project. Other sources of funding are needed to undertake the project in 2016.