The Cenotaph has been successfully moved

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The cenotaph was successfully moved from its original location in Memorial Square to its new, more prominent space at the foot of Owen Street. On August 17th, a heavy crane was moved into place, complete with a custom built steel sling, to begin the delicate task of moving the 195,000 pound cenotaph. Western Mechanical Electrical Millwright Services Ltd., a Barrie based company, was selected because it had the expertise and specialized equipment to take on this herculean task.

Memorial Square, part of the new Meridian Place development in Downtown Barrie, is being expanded to increase capacity, allowing for larger gatherings for Remembrance Day events and to recognize Barrie’s military heritage. Originally built in 1922, the cenotaph, in its new location, will be refurbished to continue to pay tribute to those fallen heroes who fought and lost their lives in WWI, WWII and the Korean War.

The new Memorial Square is expected to be completed in time for Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11th, 2017; the completion date for the remainder of the Meridian Place project is set for July 1st, 2018 Canada Day grand opening event.

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