The Essex County War Memorial
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The Essex County War Memorial

Location: University Avenue, North of City Hall

The Essex County War Memorial Cenotaph was erected as a fitting tribute to those men of Essex County who laid down their lives in the Great War of 1914-1918. It was constructed of Canadian Pink Granite based on a design of George F. Masson, a local architect. Rising to a height of 20 feet, the central shaft bears on its eastern face an incised panel forming a cross, which frames a gilded sword decoration, symbolizing the supreme sacrifice and its reward.

On the front faces of the ramp are narrow panels of carved maple leaf sprays, symbolic of Canada. The cenotaph was unveiled on Armistice Day, November 11, 1924, by Major-General later Lieutenant General Sir Archibald Cameron MacDonell (1864-1941), a Windsor native and one of the highest ranking and most decorated Canadian soldiers of World War I. The cost of the monument was approximately $25,000, the nucleus of $5000 raised by the Ladies Auxiliary of the G.W.V.A. with the assistance of various local organizations, including donations from private individuals. The cenotaph was originally located at the intersection of Giles and Ouellette facing Ouellette. The 106-ton structure was dismantled in 1965, stone by stone, some weighing 4300 pounds and reassembled at its present City Hall location like a huge jig-saw puzzle. It was rededicated on November 11, 1965 by the Royal Canadian Legion. Tribute references to World War II 1939-1945 and the Korean War 1950-1953 have been appropriately added to the original design.

A Secret Garden

Anchor Memorial

Ancient Jesuit Pear Trees

Armillary Sphere Sundial

Blue Heron Lake Bridge

Boer War Monument

Cairn to Pipe Major J. Copland

Canadian Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Canoe

Century Rock

City Crests

City Hall Square Fountains

Copernicus Sundial

Crimean War Cannon

Dieppe Gardens Fountain

Dieppe Fountain

Dieppe Plaque

District Courthouse and Gaol Plaque

Eternal Flame

Fight for the Living

Fleming Channel Plaque

Floral Compass

Fred Burr Iris Garden

French Settlers Plaque

Generations

Greening of the Riverfront - Rotary International

Helen Goodwin Shelter

Herb Gray Plaque

Holodomor Monument

International Waterway Marker

Jackson Park Gates

Jesuit Mission to the Hurons Plaque

Jesuit Missionaries Cross

Knights of Columus Peace Monument

Land, Sea, and Air Monument

Lanspeary Park Bandstand

Lanspeary Park Gates

Little River Cleanup Plaque

Little River Corridor Bridges

Little River Corridor Bridges 100th Anniversary Plaque

Masonic Memorial

Matthew Rodzik Park Fountain

Matthew Rodzik Park Gates

Memorial Cenotaph

Mic Mac Park Gates

Noon Mark

Peace Fountain

Queen Elizabeth II Dedicated Tree

Queen Victoria Fountain

Queen Victoria's 35th Birthday Mural

RAF-RCAF Monument

Realtor Park Gates

Reaume Park Plaque

Robert Burns Statue

Rotary International and Ganatchio Park Plaques

Rotary Monument

Silver Cross Monument

Soroptimists Garden

Spirit of Windsor Engine 5588

Srebrenica Monument

The Essex County War Memorial

The Great Western Railway - Plaque

The Right Honourable Paul Martin Gardens

The Sandwich Windmill

The Siege of Detroit Plaque

Totem Pole

Tower of Freedom

Warren P. Bolton Memorial Rose Garden

William Dummer Powell Plaque

Willistead Manor Plaque

Willistead Manor Porch

World War 2 Air Force