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Honour Them: Welland Canal Memorial complete series

By Grant LaFleche, The Standard

In 2013, The St. Catharines Standard ran a series of stories about the long forgotten promise to build a memorial to the men who died building the Welland Canal. The series was the first time the names of those known to have died during the construction of the canal from 1914 to 1932 were published. It included profiles of the men who died, stories about how it impacted their families, and a petition calling for the construction of a memorial signed by thousands of people. 

A task force of local politicians, union leaders and historians was struck after the series ran with the aim of having the memorial built.  On Sunday Nov. 12, 2017, a memorial more than 80 years in the making will be official unveiled to honour the 137 men who died building the canal. The unveiling ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. the memorial site near the Lock 3 Museum in St. Catharines and will be emceed by Standard reporter and series author Grant LaFleche. For more information visit www.stcatharines.ca/en/governin/fallen-workers-memorial.asp

Presented here are stories from the series Honour Them: Welland Canal Memorial.

124 dead, forgotten for 80 years

We must honour those lost building canal

Canal widow never spoke of the fallen

The stories beyond the numbers

Faces of the Fallen: Welland Canal workers

Man dies with son building canal

Dead at 15, buried in his first suit

Serpent-like cable killed canal worker

 

Hunt for canal worker deaths turns up mystery

Man escapes death on canal, loses father and brother

St. Catharines forms canal memorial taskforce

St. Catharines council unanimously endorses canal memorial

Get involved: sign the petition to build Welland Canal workers memorial

Standard honoured at National Newspaper Awards

 

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