Port Hope War Memorial

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The Cenotaph is in Memorial Park, just north of the Town Hall. It was erected in 1926 by the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire, who no longer have a chapter in Port Hope.

from the Evening Guide November 14, 1925 - pg1
Contract Let For Beautiful War Memorial To Be Erected In Memorial Park

At a meeting of the Daughters of the Empire yesterday afternoon a war memorial was decided on and the contract let through Ruttars Marble Works to the McIntosh Granite Company of Toronto. Talking with Mr Ruttar this morning, he, being a man of much experience in the granite and marble business, said that the IODE had certainly made a very wise choice in the memorial they intend buying, as they were getting real value for their money. There is only one war memorial between Toronto and Montreal which is better than the proposed Port Hope one, and that is at Oshawa. The Oshawa Memorial was erected at a cost of $25,000 and is built with a piece of granite from each of the Allied countries and from several battlefields of the war.

The Memorial to be erected here will stand 26' 6" in height and will be built of Grey Canadian Granite from quarries in, Quebec. It will be 11' square at the base. The top of the monument will look very beautiful for it will form a crown-like arch, which the architect who designed the monument copied from a great cathedral in Glasgow, Scotland. At night the top of this memorial will be illuminated by electric lights. A most beautiful statue 7' 2" in height will adorn the front of it, and it will take three months to cut this statue from stone. Without a doubt this is one of the most beautiful War Memorials in Canada and we congratulate the ladies of the IODE on their choice, and also, for their untiring efforts during the past years to make a War Memorial possible for Port Hope. A picture of this great monument may be seen in the window of M G V Strong's store. The position it will stand in has not yet been decided, but it is expected that the unveiling of it will take place on the 24th of May.

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