Soil Patriation

Posted by Meridian Credit Union

As part of CFB Borden’s Centennial celebrations in 2016, the Borden Legacy Project is donating a stunning memorial to the Base, designed by renowned local Canadian artist Marlene Hilton Moore. This Monument will pay tribute to the century of service that CFB Borden has given to Canada and to Canadians. The Borden Legacy Project comprises donors from Barrie and greater Simcoe County.

This project is led by the Base’s Honorary Colonels Jamie Massie, Barry Peacock , and Jim Williams.

We are also pleased The Governor General of Canada has been invited to unveil the Monument.

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Contained within the Memorial will be sacred soil brought from the Canadian Memorial at Vimy Ridge, France, symbolically representing repatriation of Canadian DNA from the battlefield. During a stirring ceremony held at Vimy Ridge on 19 June 2015, this soil was collected and placed into urns for the trip to Canada. This ceremony was attended by French and Canadian dignitaries and military personnel, as well as members of the Borden Legacy Project. In 2016, these urns will be transported by motorcade along the Highway Heroes and then to Barrie. As part of CFB Borden’s exercising of its Freedom of the City of Barrie in 2016, the soil will be ceremonially brought to Barrie and then to Base Borden. There will be two urns containing the soil from Vimy, one will be placed within the new memorial at Base Borden the second in the relocated and rededicated Barrie Cenotaph at Barrie’s newly re-developed Memorial Square.

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