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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Grey Roots Momument to Remember Local WWI Soldiers

Owen Sound | by Bayshore News Staff  

The monument project is still seeking $7,000 in community donations.

A new monument to local soldiers from the First World War needs public support.

The monument being installed at the Grey Roots Museum still needs about $7,000 to complete, funding that the museum hopes will come from local donations.

The project in total costs around $52,000 with most of the funding coming from areas like Veterans Affairs and the museum itself.

This monument will be placed in the 1920's themed village area of Grey Roots and feature the names of men and women from the 147th, 31st and the 248th Battalions.

For the volunteers at Grey Roots, this project is remembering the local, everyday people that became soldiers.

"These weren't professional soldiers, they could have been the local blacksmith or the farmer one concession over." Stephanie McMullen the Membership Coordinator at Grey Roots Museum said about the significance of this project.

"It's a small way of giving back and saying thank you," says McMullen.

First World War actors are set to be at the unveiling in late May. By that time Grey Roots hopes to have the funding in place cover all of the costs.

 

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