‘Just not right’: 100-year-old soldier memorial vandalized four times since Remembrance Day
A group of local veterans is expressing frustration and sadness – after reporting that a 100-year-old cenotaph in northeast Edmonton was vandalized for the fourth time in two months. The Beverly Memorial Cenotaph on 118 Avenue and 40 Street was built in 1920 to honour local soldiers who died in the First World War. Tributes to other fallen soldiers have been added since then. But starting Remembrance Day 2020, the cenotaph has been spray painted, written on with nail polish and smeared with cake, its caretakers said. Last weekend an oily substance of some sort was dumped around the base, staining the concrete. “I’m pretty ticked off. This is just not right what people are doing, we consider this sacred ground,” Joe Luce with the Beverly Memorial Cenotaph Committee said Monday.