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Monday, September 19, 2011

Omemee Memorial Garden Honours Local Afghanistan Heroes

Memorial Garden Dedication Ceremony Honours Two Former Omemee Students

image Cpl. Mark Robert McLaren MMV
image Pte. Michael Bruce Freeman Royal Canadian Legion Branch 497, and Omemee Horticultural Society, invite you to the dedication of the Memorial Garden and Service of Remembrance in honour of Cpl. Mark Robert McLaren MMV and Pte. Michael Bruce Freeman; Sunday,  September 25, 2011 from 2 to 4 pm, King St.East, Omemee, Ontario.RSVP to Joanne Windrem at 705-799-5685 jwindrem (at) by Tuesday, September 20, 2011.

Omemee Horticultural Society's major garden project for 2011,was the creation of a memorial garden to honour two young soldiers: Corporal Mark Robert McLaren MMV, and Private Michael Bruce Freeman who both attended school in Omemee and gave their lives in service for their country in Afghanistan.

Memorial Garden Contributions Expanded Plans

The initial plan, was to plant a native Ironwood tree, but thanks to funding awarded by the City of Kawartha Lakes,in recognition of the Horticultural Society's ten years participation in Communities in Bloom, they were able to expand their plans. Garden committee chairpersons, Aron Muscutt and Joanne Windrem, planned and sought out  materials for the garden. Due to the overwhelming support, and generosity of businesses and individuals, they were able to create a very beautiful memorial garden that is a credit to the village.

Memorial Garden features Historical Elements

Omemee Horticultural Society incorporated some historical elements, with the use of wrought iron panels formerly part of the bridge on the main street, some recycled elements with the panels and two benches lovingly refinished by two of their members. Due to the generosity of several local contractors, companies and individuals who cleared the site, supplied and installed the memorial stone and stone bases for the benches and set the panels in place, supplied topsoil, gravel and mulch they were able to make their plans a reality. With the addition of some beautiful plants, a tree and shrubs, also supplied at reduced prices, the project was completed.
The garden volunteers who worked on this project can be very proud of their efforts. The garden committee chairpersons, Aron Muscutt and Joanne Windrem, thank all of our garden volunteers, supporters, and the many people for their donations, help and support.
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 497
the Omemee and District Horticultural Society
invite you to
the dedication of the
Memorial Garden
Service of Remembrance
in honour of
Cpl. Mark Robert McLaren MMV
Pte. Michael Bruce Freeman
Sunday,  September 25, 2011
from  2:00 pm to  4:00 pm
at Royal Canadian Legion  Branch 497
Omemee, Ontario.
RSVP to Joanne Windrem at 705-799-5685
jwindrem (at)
by Tuesday, September 20, 2011.
Reception to follow

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