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(Posted 12:30 p.m., Aug. 18)
Local community offers to help replace damaged cenotaph
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Repairs to the Orléans Legion cenotaph, damaged last week by vandals, are on hold until it can be determined whether the statue can be repaired or has to be recast. File photo


Members of the local community are stepping up to offer their help to repair the Orléans Legion cenotaph damaged by vandals last week.

President Jim Ferguson says the Legion has received a number of calls from Good Samaritans willing to donate to the cause, but any fundriasing effort has to be put on hold until they ascertain exactly how much money they need to raise.

The first step is to decide whether the damaged portion of the statue can be repaired or has to be replaced. Once that's been determined, they will be able to come up with a cost estimate.

They must also determine how much of the cost will be covered by insurance and what the deductible is.

The Department of Veteran Affairs has indicated it will be able to cover part of the cost, but there may still be an outstanding amount which is where the local community will be able to help out.

A martial arts club located across the street from the Legion plans to hold an open house to help raise money for the repairs. Many of the club's members are current or former members of the armed forces and they have a personal interest in repairing the vandalized monunment.

“When this happened last week, it obviously had an impact on us,” said Christian Beese, who has served in the Canadian Forces for 21 years.

Part of the delay in moving forward with repairs has been the result of the ongoing police investigation.

"The police have been excelent, but it's all taken time," says Ferguson. "We need to find out what needs to be done and then we need to get a quote before we decide how we're going to pay for it."

Whatever the cost, it seems certain the Legion will be able to count on the local community to step up to the plate and right a terrible wrong.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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