REPORTING · 11th August 2015
One of the center pieces of Centennial Park is the Cenotaph. There was a small gathering of Kitimat Residents for the re-dedication of the Cenotaph on Thursday, August 6th. Present to speak were Councillor Rob Goffinet, Legion President Marg Bogart, Former Fire Chief Bill Dawson and Kim Creed.
“This is a very special place, and a very special time,” said Goffinet. “Today, we are rededicating this cenotaph in remembrance of the soldiers lost in past military conflicts, those who were deployed under the flag of the United Nations; as well as those who served in the Merchant Navy and the RCMP. […] We are also recognizing former Fire Chief Aubrey Creed.”
Goffinet explained that Centennial Park was built in 1971 in recognition of British Columbia joining Confederation. The Cenotaph was built in the fall of 1972. It was designed based on the Bronze Star. Fire Chief Creed was awarded one for valour in the Italian Campaign in World War II. Creed was given the honour of placing a wreath at the first ceremony.
In the past couple of years, Council has been working to revitalize the park. In 2013, the District of Kitimat and the Royal Canadian Legion provided funding to repair and upgrade the Cenotaph.
Bogart stated Creed was a veteran, and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. Dawson stated Creed developed the Fire Department, started the ambulance service, built other facilities in town and was an accomplished artist. Creed was knighted by the Governor General of Canada to the Order of Saint John for his work in First Aid.
The speakers unveiled the new plaque, there was a moment of silence and a wreath was laid on the cenotaph.