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Windsor Veterans Memorial Services Committee
Dedicated to those that Served
A brief History of the Windsor Veterans Memorial Services Committee
Veterans who survived the horrors of WWI were having a difficult time surviving in peace time. There were no allowances of Veterans Assistance of any kind. The Veterans who died and had no means of providing a decent burial were simply buried in Potters field. There were two caring ex-servicemen, Major Joe Brown and Clarence Foster, who were very moved by these conditions and vowed to help in some way.
In 1926 they formed a volunteer group of concerned Veterans in the Windsor area. This dedicated group of veterans gave freely of their time and money to buy caskets and burial plots for the less fortunate. They freely volunteered their time to maintain the burial area of all those they assisted. Their success was limited because of the large demand and the shortage of funds.
In 1933 in the middle of the Great Depression, they expanded and formed the Windsor Grave Committee. They invited all Veterans Services to send a representative to sit on the committee. They were now able to undertake a larger amount of commitments. The financial ability to fund these projects was received by donations from all Veterans Service Clubs and the general public.
WWII added new challenges to their ability to move forward and the request for financial assistance became even greater. They approached cemetery owners and were able to convince them to donate hundreds of burial plots. They established Veteran burial sections in each of the cemeteries for Veterans and their spouses.
World War I
World War II
In 1963 they enlarged their group and changed their name to Windsor Veterans Memorial Services Committee. They took on the task of erecting war memorials in each of the cemeteries in Zone A1 (Windsor, Ontario, Canada). The following years were fruitful and rewarding even with the challenges they faced. Today there are memorials in every one of the cemeteries in Zone A1. Many of these memorials were erected and paid for by this committee. These memorials will forever stand as a symbol of their devotion to fight for their country and their commitment to preserve democracy.
Another very important service this committee provides is a dignified and honourable Veteran memorial service for even those veterans who did not belong to the Veterans Service Association. We are more than willing to show their families that we care.
It would be impossible to relate all that the committee has accomplished in 70 years and the list of their good deeds would never end. The founding members have given us a challenge and we will continue to honour their traditions as long as we can. We pray that others after us will carry on the torch and the commitment to all Veterans and their families. Veterans fought and died for our freedom and democracy and we will always remember them.
To our knowledge there are no other groups of this kind in Canada or the World who provides these services voluntarily.
We Will Remember Them!
|Royal Canadian Legions||Service Clubs|
|Branch 12||2090 Brant 256-3368||Canadian Women's Army Corps||254-2700|
|Branch 94||1570 Marentette Ave.||Air Force Club|
|Branch 143||1570 Marentette Ave.||Korea Vets|
|Branch 255||5645 Wyandotte St. E. 945-2012||Peacekeepers|
|Branch 261||12326 Lanoue, Tec. 735-4454||Jewish Vets|
|Branch 594||3920 Huron Church Line 969-0551||Canadian Vietnam Vets||254-1024|
|War Pensioners of Canada|
|Prisoners of War Association|
|Anerson Funeral Home and Cremation Centre||895 Ouellette Ave. 254-3223|
|Victoria Greenlawn Memorial Chapel||1525 Highway #3 969-3939|
|Families First east||1065 Lauzon 969-5841|
|Families First west||3260 Dougall 969-5841|
|Janisse Bros-Marcotte||1139 Ouellette Ave. 253-5225|
|Kennedy||128 Talbot N. Essex 776-7378|
|Marcotte||12105 Tecumseh Rd. E. 735-2830|
|Morris Sutton||68 Giles E. 254-8633|
|Walter D. Kelly||1969 Wyandotte St. E. 252-5711|
|Windsor Chapel West||1700 Tecumseh Rd. E. 253-7234|
|Windsor Chapel East||11677 Tecumseh Rd. E. 253-7234|