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Memorial Cairn Design / Construction

Granite Block just received from the Quarry and being sawn.

Memorial Cairn's were installed in the Canadian Sections of the various Cemeteries to identify the section and also to identify those Canadians buried there and whose graves had been lost.

The Memorial Cairns were fabricated of light gray granite with a Maple Leaf inscribed at the top. The text are in English, French and German for sites in Germany, and English and French for sites in France. Where graves have been lost, the Memorial Cairn contains the name and the date of death for each individual.

The contract for the manufacture of the Memorial Cairns was tendered through Public Works Government Services Canada, Koblenz, Germany office and was awarded to Eastern Ontario Cemetery Memorials, Kemptville, Ontario.

The granite was received and cut to size. Engraving of the text on each was carried out at that time. Once complete, the Memorial Cairns were transported to Europe by ship and installed by local contractors at each of the locations.

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