The Township of Uxbridge announced that plans to install a Firefighter Memorial Statue and Garden are closer to reality thanks to a $213,530 federal grant.
The memorial statue and garden will be installed to honour those who have died in the line of duty or while actively serving and will provide a place for reflecting and a connection to the community, said a township statement.
The project is within $25,000 of the final fundraising objective and the Fire Department is confident they will achieve their fundraising goal. Anyone wishing to be a partner donor will be recognized on the donor plaque. Contributions for the Memorial Statute and Garden are still being accepted and can be made by visiting www.ushs.ca/Firefighter.
The Uxbridge Firefighters Association envisioned the project in 2018 and has been working with local artist Tyler Briley and landscape designer Adam Hoover to plan a park-like garden setting with a life-size bronze statue on a granite base as the focal point. The project received a Building Communities through the Arts and Heritage Program grant of $213,530 from the Department of Canadian Heritage. Over $210,000 in additional funding and in-kind support was raised by members of the Uxbridge Firefighters Association through donations, car washes and a charity raffle. The fundraising efforts were supported by the Uxbridge-Scott Historical Society and the Uxbridge Rotary Club.
The unveiling of the Uxbridge Firefighters Memorial Statue and Reflective Garden will be held on October 5th, 2024, to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Uxbridge Fire Department, formerly known as the Uxbridge Fire Brigade, the township said.
The Memorial Statue and Reflective Garden will honour the service of the over 550 members who served, and those who continue to serve; to honour those who have died in the line of duty; and to honour those who have died while in active service with the department.