Three commemorative plaques dedicated to dozens of local heroes have found a permanent home in London, Ont., At the behest of a local.
All three plates bear the names of members of London’s Hamilton Road community who served in the Canadian Armed Forces during World War I and World War II.
They were first exhibited at Hyatt Avenue United Church on Hamilton Road. When the church closed, the plates were moved to Fairmont United Church on Tweetsmuir Avenue.
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When Fairmont closed permanently, Mike Lee moved to London, where his father, uncle, grandfather and great uncle were listed on the plaques.
Rev. Lee Metropolitan United Church. Jeff approached Critten, who had been running services before Fairmond closed, to find out what would happen to the plaques.
“He came back to me and told me (the blocks) had no plans and they were stored in the basement. He told me I could keep them,” Lee said.
“I know, I’ve seen them before, and I know they’re too big for my human cave, so I know I need to find a good place for them somewhere else.”
Lee eventually contacted city officials, who offered to display the plates at the Hamilton Road Seniors Center and Community Center.
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On Thursday, the official launch of the plates took place, marking a victory in Lee’s search for a permanent display.
“One thing I always wanted to do was find a place where different people would go to see them,” Lee said.
“There are children who use this facility … they can find identifiable family names and ask some questions about them.”
Boards are now on display in the lobby of the Hamilton Road Seniors Center and Community Center at 525 Hamilton Rd. They are also in the picture below.
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