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Veterans Memorial Park Bandstand

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Municipality/Province: Langford, BC

Memorial Number: 59005-047

Type: Park, bandstand, and plaque

Address: Goldstream Avenue and Veterans Memorial Parkway

Location: Veterans Memorial Park

GPS Coordinates: Lat: 48.4467328   Long: -123.4958513

Submitted By: Harry Groom

Excerpts from the brochure of the Veterans Memorial Park, Prince Edward Branch #91, The Royal Canadian Legion, Langford, BC:

Prince Edward Branch of the West Shore Communities of Victoria, in conjunction with, the Langford Municipality organized and implemented the development of the Veterans Memorial Park. It is approximately 2.5 acres, which includes a picnic area, water feature, playground, benches for relaxing, and an area for shooting hoops. The park opened 19 September 2001 at a cost of approximately $450,000.00 with our Branch providing the new War Memorial. The Canadian Merchant Navy Veterans' Association dedicated this Bandstand to all Canadian Women Mariners who served their country in Wartime. Our Candelight tribute that we hold every year in conjunction with the anniversary of Vimy Ridge on April 9th, is a commemorative ceremony to inspire and engage young Canadians to learn about Canadian military history in the cause of peace and freedom. Youth and a Veteran or serving member of the Armed Forces will place candles together, during the ceremony, in a symbolic passing of the torch of remembrance. Their legacy, our heritage, and our future! During the dedication ceremony on October 14th 2001, candles were placed on the Memorial by youth representing local Cadets, Guides and Scouts. The parade, approximately 450 strong, consisted of Legion Members, Military, other Veterans groups from around Victoria, RCMP, and Fire Department. Every year on November 11th members of the West Shore Communities gather at Veterans Park to remember all those who gave so much for our freedom.

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Inscription found on memorial

[bandstand plaque/plaque du kiosque à musique]

THIS BANDSTAND IS DEDICATED TO ALL
CANADIAN WOMEN MARINERS WHO SERVED
THEIR COUNTRY IN WARTIME

EIGHT OF THESE COURAGEOUS WOMEN WERE
KILLED IN ACTION

Eliza Kennedy

Stewardess

SS Hesperian

September 4, 1915

Jane Johnstone

Stewardess

SS Missanabie

September 9, 1918

Mary Elizabeth Oliphant

Stewardess

SS Missababie

September 9, 1918

Hannah Baird

Stewardess

SS Athenia

September 4, 1939

Lillie C. Cook-Gorbell

Stewardess

SS Lady Hawkins

January 19, 1942

Eileen Pomeroy

Second Cook

SS George L. Torian

February 22, 1942

Bride Fitzpatrick

Stewardess

SS Caribou

October 14, 1942

Maude Elizabeth Steane

Second Radio Officer

SS Viggo Hansteen

August 14, 1944



[park plaque/plaque du parc]

Veterans Park

Dedicated on September 19, 2001 by
His Worship Mayor Stewart Young
and
Councillors Denis Blackwell, Winie Sifert, Gordon Maxwell,
Lanny Seaton, John Goudy, and Heather Ashton

This park was donated by the citizens of Langford as a tribute
to Veterans of wars past and the armed forces who continue
to serve Canada. Special thanks are given to the Chamber of Commerce and the Prince Edward Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion who provided the memorial.

The park is meant for the enjoyment of residents and visitors
to Langford and will serve as a civic square for Downtown
Langford. Please take the time to remember those who have
served our country while you use the park.

Mayor Stewart Young

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