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"Our Heroes," by Jerry Stepman, Secondary 5, Beaconsfield High School, Beaconsfield (2nd Prize, 2015 QAHN Heritage Photo Contest)

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"Our Heroes," by Jerry Stepman, Secondary 5, Beaconsfield High School, Beaconsfield (2nd Prize, 2015 QAHN Heritage Photo Contest)

I went for a bike ride at lunch in a beautiful April afternoon. I wanted to capture our “thanks” to those brave men and women who lost their lives so that we can live in peace. This photo represents the heritage of our community and of my family.

This cenotaph was erected in October of 2014, to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War, to pay tribute and honour to our fallen soldiers, as well as police, firefighters and medical personnel. Governor General. David Johnston was present at the opening ceremony to cut the ribbon and give a speech; he also gave a speech at my high school about giving back to the community and being an outstanding citizen. It is an all around beautiful addition to our community, which will always be a reminder of how we never back down in the time of need: no matter where we need to go. This can be applied the streets of Beaconsfield to the battle fields of Afghanistan.

This is to say “Thank You” to those who gave their lives to serve and protect the good people of this world who couldn’t protect themselves when they were in need. This constitutes as “heritage” (even though it may be new) because of what it represents and not because of its age. We remember the ones who fought for us at home and abroad. It’s not the physical cenotaph itself, but instead, it’s what the cenotaph is; to remember those who have fallen in the line of duty. My grandfather on my father’s side served in the Canadian Army as a Drill Sergeant in the 50s through the 70’s, and my grandfather on my mother’s side served in the U.S. Army during the 50’s. It does not just relate to me, but to all of us who have had family serve those who are in need.