Tuesday, 29 May 2012
Orangeville - Alexandra Park
Location: N 43 55.234 W 080 05.665 On the southeast corner of Second Street and First Avenue, behind the Town Hall.
The last entry described the main memorial in Alexandra Park, but two others should also be mentioned.
The first was erected in 2003, featuring three large stones made of Manitoulin Limestone, the central one with engraving to honour those who served.
The second features a metal plaque, on the ground in front of the main memorial, dedicated in 2005, entitles "A Letter From the Front".
First memorial text:
With enduring gratitude
to those of our community
who were prepared
to five their lives
for our freedom.
The Honour Roll resides within
the Town Hall.
WORLD WAR I
1913 - 1918
WORLD WAR II
1939 - 1945
1950 - 1953
Why they Sacrificed
A LETTER FROM THE FRONT
Dear Mom and Dad,
It is the knowledge that there are people
at home who are depending on you that
drives one not only to do his best, but just a
little more, and it is this spirit that is going to
bring a triumphant conclusion to this struggle
in which we are presently engaged. For if we
fail then all is lost, not only for ourselves, but
for the vast civilized world made up of good
people like yourselves. The sacrifice might
be great, but it is dwarfed by the magnificent
end to which we are pointing.
Your loving son,
Excerpt from a letter to his parents, Judge and Mrs. W.T. Robb,
of Orangeville, from Flight Sergeant Reg Robb. Flight Sergeant
Robb was killed in action shortly after takeoff for a bombing
mission on February 26, 1942.
LEST WE FORGET
Dedicated August 14, 2005 - The Year of the Veteran
Town of Orangeville Royal Canadian Legion Branch 233