Vandals deface Cornwall workers memorial

The National Day of Mourning memorial in Lamoureux Park in Cornwall, Ont. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. The monument was tagged by vandals over the weekend. (Supplied via Newswatch Group)

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the history of the monument, sourced from the Cornwall and District Labour Council. A Day of Mourning pamphlet given out yearly says the monument is “the original base” of the Limestone Railway Swing Bridge. It’s not. It’s one of the pieces of the 1800s pedestrian swing bridge, which led to Water Street near Augustus Street.

CORNWALL – The monument, which is the site of the annual Day of Mourning for workers killed and injured on the job, has been defaced by vandals.

Someone sprayed the monument over the weekend with purple and green symbols and the words “Make Love, Not War.”

The monument is part of the former pedestrian swing bridge that led to the foot of Augustus Street. The structure is done up to memorialize 15 workers killed in the Limestone Railway Swing Bridge collapse in 1898.

The Cornwall and District Labour Council (CDLC) and the National Day of Mourning Committee hold a yearly ceremony on April 28 at the monument site in the west end of Lamoureux Park.

“I think it’s unfortunate any time there’s that type of action for sure. What can you say?” CDLC President Louise Lanctot told Cornwall Newswatch.

It’s not known whether the Cornwall Police Service has an active investigation on this vandalism.

The National Day of Mourning memorial in Lamoureux Park in Cornwall, Ont. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. The monument was tagged by vandals over the weekend. (Supplied via Newswatch Group)
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