Greenwood Monument
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Greenwood, Nova Scotia

The Cenotaph erected by 107 (Valley) Wing Royal Canadian Air Force Association (RCAFA) was dedicated on 6th April, 1986 after a year and a half of planning and construction.

Each year on Battle of Britain Sunday in September, 107 (Valley) Wing RCAFA holds a Parade and Ceremony at the Cenotaph to honour those who fought and lost their lives in the Battle of Britain during the Second World War. We are assisted in this endeavor by elements from 14 Wing Greenwood, local Branches of the Royal Canadian Legion and #517 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron Greenwood.

The Cenotaph is maintained by 107 (Valley) Wing members, including painting and repairs when required. It is enclosed on three sides by hedges, with two flagpoles behind the Cenotaph and several flower beds in front of it. The flowers are planted each Spring by 107 (Valley) Wing members and the beds are weeded, hedges clipped and grass mowed as required during the Summer, again by Wing members.

107 (Valley) Wing, Greenwood, Nova Scotia unveiled their new Cenotaph with a Parade and dedication ceremony. The Cenotaph is constructed of a granite stone mounted on a concrete apron, backed by an "Argus" prop supported on a 7' steel "I" beam. The inscription on the stone is in both official languages and reads:

"Dedicated to all personnel who served in the R.C.A.F.A.; B.C.A.T.P.: Allied Air Forces and Canadian Armed Forces in memorial to those who gave up their lives in the cause of Aviation. We will remember them."

The Cenotaph Committee, consisting of Gord Faulknew, Chairman; Ron Franklin, Vice Chairman; Jim Metlin and Tom Lupton, Art and Design; Jim Hawley and Bert Carpenter, Construction; and Cindy Bawn, Secretary, spent a year on negotiating with DND for leasing the land and design approval.

A further six months was used for construction and landscaping. All work was carried out by the Committee assisted by other dedicated Wing members. All costs were covered by funds received from special Wing projects. The prop was donated by Robb Engineering, Amherst, Nova Scotia. The dedication ceremony was conducted by Lt. Col. (Ret'd) Rev Hal Cox, Wing Padre, assisted by Capt. Rev Joseph MacLean (RC) CFB Greenwood. The CFB Greenwood volunteer pipe and drum band provided the music. Wreaths were laid by Colonel PJ O'Donnell, Base Commander, CFB Greenwood on behalf of Canadian Forces and Ron Taylor, Wing President, for the RCAF Association.

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