CFB Borden unveils Legacy Monument

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A new Borden Legacy Monument, part of the CFB Borden Centennial Celebrations, was unveiled on June 9.

“The monument unveiled at Borden during the Centennial celebrations is a long-standing symbol of honour and remembrance bestowed upon all the women and men who wear the uniform in service to Canada,” said Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. “It demonstrates one community’s proud commitment to, and passion for, the Canadian Armed Forces.”

The monument is a gift from the local communities of Simcoe County to honour the two million Canadian sons and daughters who trained at CFB Borden over the last 100 years. It will continue to pay tribute to the over 20 000 sailors, soldiers and air men and air women who train at the base to serve this country.

Unveiling ceremony of the Borden Legacy Monument at Legacy Park at CFB Borden on June 9, 2016. Photo by: OS Tyler Antonew CB06-2016-0199-001
Three vintage Harvard aircraft fly over the unveiling ceremony the Borden Legacy Monument at Legacy Park, CFB Borden on June 9, 2016. Photo by: Sergeant Pierre Thériault, CFB Borden Imagery CB01-2016-0199-003

During the unveiling, an urn containing battlefield soil patriated from Vimy, France, was enshrined in a niche in the monument. The battlefield soil was retrieved from Vimy, France, in June 2015, during a ceremony attended by Lawrence Cannon, Canadian Ambassador to France, a delegation from Simcoe County, members from Base Borden, French Forces, and the Vimy Foundation.

More than 66 000 Canadians made the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War, including at the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

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