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Councillors unite for First World War digital commemoration project

A group of city councillors are coming together to fund a project honouring those who fought in the First World War.

Coun. Brian Mayes (St. Vital) said he and a group of fellow councillors has raised $30,000 for a Heritage Winnipeg initiative marking the centennial of the 1914-18 war, which he plans to present at Friday’s downtown development and heritage committee meeting.

“It’s the exact kind of thing that I wanted to see, it’s a digital memorial,” said Mayes, whose grandfather fought in the First World War for Canada in Belgium.

“(Heritage Winnipeg is) negotiating with a couple foundations to get some money and trying to find a public place to put it up for the next four years.”

Mayes, who first asked the public service for a report on marking the centennial last year, said there are many stone monuments to the war around the city and what he was looking for was something “innovative.”

“The whole idea here was to mark a centenary, so I was very pleased when they came forward with this, cause I said ‘that’s exactly what we’re trying to do,’” added Mayes.

“People went off and gave their lives in these horrible slaughter battles…We should remind ourselves of this history, I think it’s important.”

Mayes and Coun. Shawn Dobson (St. Charles) are each donating $10,000, with several other councillors making up the last $10,000.

During the March 2 downtown development committee meeting, Tugwell said they’re partnering with two organizations — one of which is the Royal Winnipeg Rifles Association — on the digital commemoration project.

“We’re just in the midst of looking for funding, which I understand we’re about halfway there,” Tugwell said at the time, pegging the price tag at $50,000.

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