Po­lice probe theft of plaques that mark mil­i­tary his­tory

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES -

Ed­mon­ton po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the theft of metal plaques from a city neigh­bour­hood that hon­our mil­i­tary he­roes and some of the grimmest bat­tles from Canada’s his­tory.

The Gries­bach Com­mu­nity League says more than 15 metal plaques have been re­moved from the res­i­den­tial com­mu­nity that used be an army base.

Some of the plaques tell the sto­ries of sol­diers from Al­berta who were awarded the Vic­to­ria Cross, the high­est mil­i­tary dec­o­ra­tion for gal­lantry.

An­other tells the story of the Sec­ond World War bat­tle of Or­tona, a bloody bat­tle for a town in Italy that cost Canada more than 2,300 ca­su­al­ties, in­clud­ing troops from the Loyal Ed­mon­ton Reg­i­ment.

One of the plaques has in­for­ma­tion about the in­volve­ment of Cana­dian sol­diers in the First World War bat­tle of the Somme in France.

Brad Til­ley, pres­i­dent of the Gries­bach Com­mu­nity League, says the plaques were pryed off their stands and peo­ple are wor­ried the thieves will melt them down for scrap.

“As a com­mu­nity, we are dev­as­tated,” Til­ley said Tues­day in a re­lease.

There is hope the plaques will be re­cov­ered and can be re­in­stalled.

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