What has been the park where the Old Strathcona Remembrance Day observances has been used since 2008 is now renamed after a sod-turning and re-dedication. Light Horse Park is at 85 ave at Calgary tr. in the theatre district of Old Strathcona.
Her Royal Highness, the Countess of Wessex participated in the ceremony. Sophie, the wife of Prince Edward was invited because of her connection to the regiment said Lt. Col. Troy Steele.
“She’s the colonel in chief of the regiment,” he said to reporters. “The park is named after the regiment, Light Horse Park, and we felt it fitting that she along with our Holy Trinity Anglican Church and our First Nations representatives truly open this park as a symbol of our bond and commitment to the community.”
The cenotaph which was originally installed by the Legion in 1967 is being moved to the northwest quadrant of the park.
“What we’re trying to do is take the cenotaph which is over in the south east corner and move it up here so it’s less prone to being vandalized,” Steele said. “We want to redevelop the park so it can be more open for festivals in the Old Strathcona area and more engagement with the community.”
PHOTOS: Princess Sophie takes part in re-dedication ceremony
Unexpectedly, the Countess of Wessex addressed the crowd. “I hope that it will be a huge success for the future and that the children that play around the base of the memorial will do so in the knowledge that there were men who fought very bravely for the freedom that Canada enjoys and they will know the contribution that the South Alberta Light Horse played in that freedom.”
During the event, the Countess of Wessex met with school children from King Edward, Mount Carmel and Garneau schools.
The request to rename the park came from the regiment in 2008, and approval was given by the city in 2012. Cost of the renewal is $600,000.