The forthcoming Armistice Day ceremony, to be held this coming Sunday, Nov. 11th at 10:45 P.M. at the Cenotaph will be the continuation of a tradition that began some 40 years ago. As can be seen by these pictures both taken from the steps of the S.S.I.Trading Co., the countryside, the dress of the people and the mode of transportation was different. However, the solemn occasion - the remembrance of fallen comrades was no more heartfelt or more poignant than it is today.
The Honour Roll, with its wooden plaques listing all the Gulf Islanders who served in the armed forces, was erected in 1920. It was not until 1921 that a public meeting was called by the I.O.D.E. to discuss the advisability of erecting a cenotaph, in honor of those who gave their lives in serving their country. At this public meeting, the late Mr. Edward Walter was elected Chairman, Mr. LF. Speed, Secretary and the late Mr. Gavin C.Mouat, Treasurer. These three men headed the drive that succeeded in raising the $1200 for the Cenotaph.
The Cenotaph was dedicated on April 17, 1922. The Galiano, Mayne, Pender and Saturna wooden plaques from the Honour Roll were sent to the various islands and the Salt Spring Island plaque was installed in the Mahon Hall where it remained for years.
Where it is today, is not known.
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