Projects

Bringing History Alive: Niagara Vimy Memorial Project

What is the NVM Project?

The creation of a Vimy Memorial in Niagara, through the Restoration and Preservation of a battlefield artifact, known simply as ‘The Vimy Gun’.

Garrison Community Council of Niagara, in support of The Lincoln & Welland Regiment Foundation, is committed to the restoration of the gun as a permanent reminder of, and monument to the bravery, commitment, and sacrifice of the Men, Women and families who served Canada during the ‘Great War’. The Lincoln & Welland Regiment Foundation has been designated as official custodian of this wartime artifact on behalf of the people of Canada.

Volunteers have commenced the process:

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The Vimy Gun has been disassembled prior to repair and restoration. It is our plan to have the gun completely restored and unveiled by Nov. 11, 2014. The Vimy Gun will then be displayed throughout Niagara prior to its formal dedication on the 100th Anniversary of its capture, April 16, 2017.

A commemorative cairn with the story of the gun and a list of all Canadians who have contributed to this project will be installed at the site of the future home of the Memorial – ‘Niagara Military Heritage Centre – Home of the Lincoln and Welland Regimental Museum”.

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A commemorative cairn with the story of the gun and a list of all Canadians who have contributed to this project will be installed at the site of the future home of the Memorial – ‘Niagara Military Heritage Centre – Home of the Lincoln and Welland Regimental Museum”.

The Citizen’s role in preserving their own history and heritage:

The Garrison Community Council believes that as citizens we have an obligation to preserve our history in such a way as to engage future generations in acts of remembrance and gratitude for the freedoms we all share.

We invite every Citizen of Niagara to take ownership of this project and honour the memory of family members, friends and loved ones who served. Become part of the ‘Vimy Gun Crew’!

Please download and complete the Donation Form and return it with your cheque to the address indicated. Tax receipts will be issued. Contribution levels have been established at modest levels to accord every citizen an opportunity to become a partner in this most important project.

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Become a ‘Member of the Vimy Gun Crew’ receive a Commemorative Certificate, recognition on the Commemorative Cairn and a tax receipt in the amounts specified on the attached donation form.

For further information contact the Garrison Community Council at gcc-niagara@bell.net.