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Dufferin Heights Monuments Re-Dedicated

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medium_duff.2006.5.jpg--October 10, 2006

Last weekend, beneath a brilliant blue sky, a crowd of over a hundred onlookers, together with dignitaries, veterans, members of the armed forces, and descendants of the area’s pioneers, assembled to witness the re-dedication ceremony of both the Pioneer Monument and the War Memorial, located at the summit of Dufferin Heights.

medium_duff.2006.3.jpgErected separately during the 1920s, these two monuments, located not far from famous Dufferin Heights Golf Club, had been neglected for decades. Cracked and falling apart, with their surroundings increasingly overgrown with trees and brush, the monuments were in serious need of attention.

Over the past two years, a committee has worked to raise the necessary $50,000 to properly restore the monuments, clear away brush, and gain legal access to the property itself, which was surrounded by private property on four sides. Headed by Harry Isbrucker of the Stanstead Historical Society, the committee was pleased to announce that their goals have been achieved.

medium_duff.2006.4.jpgWith help from the MRC Coaticook, Veterans' Affairs Canada, area municipalities, the Legion, Townshippers’ Foundation, the United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada (through the local Little Forks Branch), and many local citizens and groups, enough money has been raised to complete the literally(!) monumental task.

medium_duff.2006.2.jpgThe crowd that turned up on this beautiful autumn day were able to view for themselves the newly re-pointed monuments and the splendid panorama that is now visible in almost every direction from the cleared hilltop. Indeed, the monuments which, for so many years, were invisible from nearby Highway 143, are now visible from well down the highway.

Now, the pioneers and veterans, whose names are inscribed on them, may once again have the recognition they deserve.