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Devon Legion Cenotaph Revitalization & History
Brian L. Morris
2017-05-23
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 247
Devon, Alberta


Devon Branch No. 247 Cenotaph Revitalization & History

The Devon Legion Branch No. 247 Cenotaph is located on the Devon Legion property at #6 Huron Street, Devon, Alberta. The Cenotaph faces north and is best viewed from Athabasca Avenue (Main Street Devon, Alberta). The Cenotaph was constructed by a local Devon business, Bighorn Maintenance Ltd., owned by Devon's former Mayor and Legion long service member Mr. Dale Fisher. The Cenotaph was originally dedicated on November 11th, 1962 - Remembrance Day. The Honour Guard was provided by members of Devon's own Militia the 19th Alberta Dragoons. The Cenotaph was draped with the Canadian Red Ensign, as the Red Maple Leaf Canadian Flag we are so familiar with today was not adopted by Canada until February 15th, 1965. Major Bruce Eaton wearing his "dress blues" of the 19th Alberta Dragoons greeted the dignitaries for the unveiling of the new Cenotaph. The dignitaries included the Mayor of Devon Mr. Jim Henderson and his mother Mrs. Edith Henderson. Mrs Edith Henderson was a distinguished Silver Cross Mother having lost two sons to war.


1962 REMEMBRANCE DAY PARADE COLOUR PARTY (Devon Legion Archives)


 
CENOTAPH HONOUR GUARD PROVIDED BY 19TH ALBERTA DRAGOONS
CORPORAL DOUG McLEOD
(Devon Legion Archives)
 

 
ARRIVING DIGNATARIES FOR THE CENOTAPH UNVEILING
        TOWN OF DEVON MAYOR MR. JIM HENDERSON & HIS MOTHER MRS. EDITH HENDERSON
(Devon Legion Archives)
 
 "THE 1962 UNVEILING"
(Devon Legion Archives)

The following photograph is the Legion Cenotaph on November 11th 1987. The dignitaries present to receive the salute from the Remembrance Day parade are RCMP Sgt Inglehart, Devon Branch President Comrade Bill Bates and the Town of Devon Mayor Mr. Dale Fisher. Note there is no flag poles located behind the Cenotaph. At this point in time the 3 flag poles were still located on the east side of the Devon Legion Hall.
 
CENOTAPH REMEMBRANCE DAY 1987 (B. L. Morris Photo)
 
The following photograph is the Legion Cenotaph on November 11th 1989. The dignitaries present to receive the salute from the Remembrance Day parade are RCMP Sgt Inglehart, Devon Branch President Comrade Bill Bates and the Town of Devon Mayor Mr. Jim Henerson. Note that the 3 flag poles are now located behind the Cenotaph.
 
CENOTAPH REMEMBRANCE DAY 1989 (B. L. Morris Photo)
 
The following photograph is the Legion Cenotaph on November 11th 1990. On a snowy cold windy day the Remembrance Day parade still goes on.  The dignitaries present to receive the salute from the Remembrance Day parade are an RCMP Constable, Devon Branch President Comrade Beryl Hartshorne and the Town of Devon Mayor Mr. Jim Henerson.
 
CENOTAPH REMEMBRANCE DAY 1990 (B. L. Morris Photo)

In the early1990's the Devon Legion cenotaph was routinely adourned with flowers during the summer. In this particular photograph the flowers were representing our Nation's Colours.


THE CENOTAPH WITH FLOWERS - EARLY 1990'S - PAST 1987
(Devon Legion Archives)

The following photograph is the Legion Cenotaph on November 11th 1995. On another snowy cold day the Remembrance Day parade marches on. The dignitaries present to receive the salute from the Remembrance Day parade are an RCMP Sgt Bill Sharpe, Devon Branch President Comrade Ed Massia and the Town of Devon Mayor Mr. Dale Fisher.

CENOTAPH REMEMBRANCE DAY 1995 (B. L. Morris Photo)
 
The following photograph is the Legion Cenotaph on November 11th 1996. On another snowy cold Remembrance Day. The dignitaries present to receive the salute from the Remembrance Day parade are an RCMP Sgt Bill Sharpe, Devon Branch President Comrade Ed Massia and the Town of Devon Councillor Jerry Topola.
 
CENOTAPH REMEMBRANCE DAY 1996 (B. L. Morris Photo)

In 2011 the Devon Legion Cenotaph was revitalized with the installation of a new commemorative plaque honouring all those that serviced our great nation. The Devon Legion would like to thank Al and Cecile Caron of Spruce Grove for their excellent art and stone work on the new plaque. The original plaque will eventually be displayed within the Devon Legion Hall.
Cenotaph Before Cenotaph After

THE REVITALIZED CENOTAPH GRANITE PLAQUE 2011 (Devon Legion Archives)

 

 
REMEMBRANCE DAY 2012 WITH THE 1 COMBAT ENGINEER REGIMENT HONOUR GUARD
(Devon Legion Archives)
 
Since 1997 the 1 Combat Engineer Regiment has been providing the traditional Honour Guard to the Cenotaph on November 11th Remembrance Day every year. Of special interest and great important to our members of the Royal Canadian Legion was the loss of 3 Canadian Soldiers of 1CER (12 Field Squadron) on August 20th 2008 while serving in the Zhari District, Afghanistan. Those three soldiers (Sgt Shaun Eades, Cpl Dustin Wasden and Sapper Stephen Stock) were part of the Honour Guard for our 2007 Remembrance Day Ceremonies so our Cenotaph is truly a sacred monument.

 
 
NATIONAL DAY OF HONOUR - AFGHANISTAN MISSION MAY 9TH 2014 (Devon Dispatch Photo)
 
 
 
 
REMEMBRANCE DAY 2014 WITH 1 CER HONOUR GUARD (Devon Dispatch Photo)

 
 

 
CENOTAPH AFTER DETAILING 2015 (B. L. Morris Photo)




CENOTAPH AFTER DETAILING 2015 (B. L. Morris Photo)




CENOTAPH AFTER DETAILING 2015 (B. L. Morris Photo)
 
 
 
REMEMBRANCE DAY 2015 WITH 1 CER HONOUR GUARD (Devon Dispatch Photo)
 

 
REMEMBRANCE DAY 2015 WITH 1 CER LAV's AT CENOTAPH (Norm Searle Photo)
 

 
REMEMBRANCE DAY 2016 WITH 1 CER HONOUR GUARD (Devon Dispatch Photo)
 

CANADA 150 FLAG UNVEILING 2017 (Norm Searle Photo)
 

 
CANADA 150 FLAG  & HISTORIC CENTENNIAL FLAG 2017 (Norm Searle Photo)