We will re­mem­ber them

Nor­folk Book of Re­mem­brance un­veiled in Sim­coe

Simcoe Reformer - - FRONT PAGE - MONTE SONNENBERG Mson­nen­berg@post­media.com

Nor­folk County’s long-awaited Book of Re­mem­brance was un­veiled Thurs­day at Gover­nor Sim­coe Square.

The 26-page vol­ume is the work of renowned war artist and pho­tog­ra­pher Sil­via Pe­cota. With graphic im­ages and cal­lig­ra­phy, Pe­cota doc­u­ments the names of Nor­folk’s war dead from the First World War for­ward.

Lo­cal dig­ni­taries, Le­gion­naires and vet­er­ans gath­ered for the event in the lobby of town hall at the bot­tom of the stairs lead­ing to the coun­cil cham­ber. The book is on per­ma­nent dis­play in a glass case in this part of the ad­mi­nis- tra­tion build­ing.

“A page will be turned on the 11th of each month,” Melissa Col­lver, Nor­folk’s man­ager of her­itage and cul­ture, said in a pre­sen­ta­tion to the 20 in at­ten­dance.

“It will also soon be avail­able on­line as a search­able database. Ev­ery now and again, we have the op­por­tu­nity to work on some­thing that is re­ally, re­ally spe­cial. Nor­folk County’s Book of Re­mem­brance was re­ally, re­ally spe­cial.”

Nor­folk’s Book of Re­mem­brance is sim­i­lar in con­cept to the seven Books of Re­mem­brance on dis­play in Ot­tawa. The books in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal also doc­u­ment, with graphic flare, the names and ranks of the 118,000 Cana­di­ans who have died in armed ser­vice since Con­fed­er­a­tion.

Nor­folk’s vol­ume was three years in the mak­ing. Nor­folk coun­cil ap­proved $5,000 to­ward the $10,000 project in 2015. The re­main­der was de­rived from fed­eral and pro­vin­cial grants and pri­vate spon­sor­ships.

“The Book of Re­mem­brance will be a per­ma­nent fix­ture at 50 Col­borne Street South in Sim­coe,” Mayor Char­lie Luke said at the un­veil­ing.

“I think you’ll agree that – once we un­veil this – that it is some­thing spe­cial in­deed.”

The Book of Re­mem­brance is one of the projects un­der­taken by the Nor­folk War Me­mo­rial Com­mit­tee, which was es­tab­lished in 2012.

Mem­bers of the com­mit­tee in­clude Capt. (Ret.) Robin Cooke, Water­ford mu­seum curator James Chris­ti­son, who is a mem­ber of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion in Sim­coe, Nor­folk car­il­loneur Jim Ni­chols, and the Rev. Bryan Robert­son, padre and pres­i­dent of Le­gion Branch 79 in Sim­coe. Robert­son served as em­cee for Thurs­day’s cer­e­mony.

“Gen­tle­men,” Col­lver said. “I sin­cerely thank you for your pas­sion and com­mit­ment to this very spe­cial ini­tia­tive. I know how much it means to each of you to see this project come to fruition.

“Thank you for your thought­ful con­sid­er­a­tion and re­spect­ful ap­proach. You should be very proud of this trib­ute to Nor­folk’s fallen and the legacy you have left for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

I think you’ll agree that - once we un­veil this - that it is some­thing spe­cial in­deed”

Nor­folk Mayor Char­lie Luke

MONTE SONNENBERG / SIM­COE RE­FORMER

Nor­folk’s long-awaited Book of Re­mem­brance doc­u­ments all county cit­i­zens who made the supreme sac­ri­fice from the First World War for­ward. The il­lu­mi­nated vol­ume was un­veiled at Gover­nor Sim­coe Square Thurs­day. Hosts for the event were Rev. Bryan Robert­son, padre and pres­i­dent of the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion in Sim­coe, and Melissa Col­lver, Nor­folk’s man­ager of her­itage and cul­ture.

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