all 9 wreaths were placed for the 9 brave soldiers who fought or our freedom.
RCL Br. 92 proud Color Party on D Day June 2019
Congratulations to Gananoque Legion member Janet Gaylord. On Mon 24 Jun, at a ceremony at the Lord Elgin Hotel in Ottawa, the Minister of Veterans Affairs will present Janet with the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation. The Commendation primarily is for her 12 years of work creating a Veterans Memorial Garden on the grounds of the Lansdowne Elementary School.
In 2006, the year that Corporal Randy Payne was killed in Afghanistan, Janet obtained approval from the Upper Canada District School Board, designed a Memorial Garden on school property, and with her family did much of the work. The Garden includes a large stone bearing the inscription "For all Who Served", four granite benches, large flower beds and trees, a Canadian flag, and an interlocking stone display area. At a ceremony in Sep 2018, Janet organized the expansion of the Garden to make it a Veterans Memorial Garden. It adds an arch at the entrance to the Garden which holds four large granite stones bearing the names of the 30 area men killed in the two world wars and Afghanistan, more than 240 stones set in the ground which commemorate the men and women who served in war and peace, and an interlocking accessibilility walkway leading to the Memorial from the main highway. For the two projects, Janet raised over $30,000 from the community, including donations from local service clubs and Legion Branches including the Gananoque Legion and its Ladies Auxiliary. The newly-dedicated Veterans Memorial Garden on school grounds is a permanent reminder to students and area citizens of the high cost of freedom. Janet's next project is to fund and install an interlocking stone accessability walkway leading from the school to the Memorial.
The Commendation also recognizes her eight years of work as Branch Youth Education Chair. Janet was especially diligent in getting local schools involved in the annual poem, essay, and poster contests and the public speaking contest and arranged to include the Lansdowne elementary school with Gananoque schools in these events.
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Janet Gaylord and LA President Shirley Walker standing by the large stone bearing the words "For All Who Served". Shirley is presenting a cheque to Janet on behalf of the LA for the Memorial Garden.