Veterans who have had a minimum $100 donation made in their name will be recognized with a plaque near the new Veterans Memorial, once a remembrance wall is erected next year, the city says.
Government, service clubs and organizations that donated to the project will have a separate dedication thanking them.
All other donors will be thanked in a list posted to the heritagebrandon.ca website.
Donations received before the end of the year will be included in the first round of plaques, but donations will be accepted in perpetuity, and plaques will also be installed in future years.
An official ceremony was held last month to dedicate the new memorial at the corner of 11th Street and Victoria Avenue, which was erected to recognize the contribution and sacrifice of all veterans, past, present and future.
The next step of the project will be to erect a Veterans’ Wall of Remembrance, which will be located on the Memorial Greenspace at the front of the Brandon Police Services lot at 1010 Victoria Ave.
Although there has been some recent confusion about the plans for the Veterans’ Wall of Remembrance, the Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee says that it has always been the plan to recognize veterans in an area separate from the memorial itself.
“At no time have plans to have veterans’ names remembered on a series of public plaques changed,” said city Coun. Corey Roberts (Rosser), chair of the MHAC. “We remain committed to moving forward with the Wall of Remembrance and hope to have installation completed in 2014.”
Any donor who doesn’t wish to have their name included on public list can contact the city’s heritage co-ordinator, Katy Singleton, at 204-729-2236 to request their name’s removal.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 11, 2013