Outdoor public art and monuments require ongoing maintenance due to exposure to the elements, vandalism and pollution. The City of Burlington public art program is committed to preserving our public art inventory. Conservation work is currently being done on the Burlington War Memorial.
Repair work will include removal of accumulated dirt from the bronze statue, plaque and granite base, application of hot and cold wax to the bronze statue and plaque, repair and replacement of hardware, re-coating of lead lettering and replacement of failing mortar on the granite base and surrounding pad.
The work is being carried out by Conservation of Sculptures, Monuments and Objects (CSMO) and is expected to be complete by the end of July 2016.
The cenotaph was dedicated in April 1922 by Lord Byng (Governor General of Canada) and was originally located in a park setting on the downtown shore of Lake Ontario. The memorial was moved to its present location after the construction of the new City Hall in 1962. The Cenotaph consists of five pieces of granite, stacked in a plinth and is topped with a sculpture of a World War I soldier cast in bronze. The names of 38 WWI fatalities from Burlington and Nelson Township are engraved on both sides of the column. On the back of the column the names of 17 key WWI Canadian battle locations such as Vimy Ridge, Arras, Mons, Ypres and the Somme are engraved. On the front of the column is a large bronze plaque four feet by three feet in size, with the names inscribed of 44 service people from this area who died in WWII. The Korean and Afghanistan War Veterans are remembered by an engraving on the base of the column.