Veterans Voices of Canada-Flags of Remembrance tribute site in Windsor. (Photo courtesy of Edwin Goodfellow through Terri Davis-Fitzpatrick Facebook)

Plaques honouring local veterans stolen

Several honour plaques have been stolen from the Flags of Remembrance memorial along Windsor’s riverfront.

Ten red plaques shaped like a maple leaf went missing in early October, exactly a year after nine were stolen last October. The 10 hero plaques were attached to Canadian flag poles up between Dieppe Park and the bridge.

Terri Davis-Fitzpatrick, the local Veterans Voices of Canada coordinator, doesn’t understand why someone would stand up on the railing and cut the plastic ties off.

“They took the tie wraps out of the plaques, threw those down and probably threw the plaques into the river is what I’m thinking,” said Davis-Fitzpatrick.

Veterans Voices of Canada-Flags of Remembrance tribute site in Windsor. (Photo courtesy of Terri Davis-Fitzpatrick Facebook)

Veterans Voices of Canada-Flags of Remembrance tribute site in Windsor. (Photo courtesy of Terri Davis-Fitzpatrick Facebook)

Davis-Fitzpatrick said an anonymous man, whose father is an Essex-Kent Scottish Regiment veteran, has stepped up with a $250 donation to replace the plaques.

“We here at Veterans Voices of Canada are very grateful for his donation and the people of Windsor have always stepped up to the plate,” she said.

Davis-Fitzpatrick said the goal is to educate students about veterans to prevent further vandalism at the memorial and keep their legacies alive for future generations.

“Maybe that will avoid this from happening in the future, if our youth is educated about what our service men and women did and the sacrifices they made for our freedom,” Davis-Fitzpatrick said.

Plans are underway to build metal fasteners to permanently secure the plaques to the 128 Canadian flags poles.

Each sponsored plaque pays tribute to a Canadian veteran.

The flags represent 128,000 Canadians killed and missing in action.

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