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Installation of the Canadian Veterans Memorial

The construction and installation of the Veterans Memorial Carillon and Liberation Sculpture began on site in Victoria Park on August 21, 2006, with the turning of the sod and finished on September 21, 2006, just one day before the official dedication ceremonies on September 22, 2006.

A project of this magnitude requires many hands, sore backs, and equipment. These were all generously provided by local Dutch contractors and friends; much of this work was given as “gifts of kind” towards the realization of this project. Without all their openhearted support and the charitable donations of the Dutch emigrants and other donators, this project would never have even reached the point of a hole in the ground. Their names and companies can be seen at the bottom of this page.

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1. The site of the new Veterans Memorial Carillon and Liberation Sculpture in Victoria Park, London, Canada.
2. Peter Buren, President of Buren Concrete Forming Ltd marks the ground so that underground service locates can be obtained to begin construction.

3. Peter Twynstra (right) Project Manager for the Veterans memorial Committee meets with City of London's Julie Michaud, Landscape Architect Intern and Tony Vandenburg of X-K-Vate Construction to discuss construction and excavation.

4. X-K-Vate Construction excavates the soil and digs the hole for the foundations. A smaller backhoe was used to protect the lawns of Victoria Park.
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5. This huge dead trunk and its many roots sit in the place where our foundations must go. As if poetry this trunk will be replaced by a permanent steel musical tree.
6. Buren Concrete Forming begins the construction of the Memorial’s foundations.
7. Peter Buren measures Andy Spriet’s of Spriet Associates Engineers & Architects, base engineering plans to place the foundations.
8. The foundation for the Carillon is set to a depth of 2.1 metres (7 ft). Here the forms are being made to pour the concrete.
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9. The anchor bolt unit has been assembled and welded by Abuma Manufacturing Ltd. This will hold the Carillon upright and in place for centuries to come.
10. The anchor bolt assembly is suspended into the form at grade level, ready for concrete, to complete the Carillon foundation.
11. Gerard Pas the memorial designer inspects the Carillon foundation.
12. The concrete is poured by hand so as not to disturb Victoria Park lawns or crack its sidewalks with heavy concrete trucks.
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13. Anchor bolt assembly inserted the foundation must now cure so that the tower can be placed onto it.
14. Jan Maarschalkerweerd, President of Abuma Manufacturing and maker of the Memorial visits the site. Jan speaks with Richard of Buren Concrete Forming about the foundations.
15. Henk Peeters of Peeters Landscaping - Baseline Nurseries, Netherlands Honorary Consul Richard Ter Vrugt (Committee Chairperson), Peter Twynstra (Project Manager), Julie Michaud City of London Landscape Architect, and Robin Campbell of Stantec Consulting meet to discuss landscaping and project agenda.
16. The conduit, which connects the bells wiring to the computer hidden inside the granite sculpture and its electrical power supply, is placed into position for the Liberation Sculpture foundation.
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17. Julie Michaud, City of London Landscape Architect, and Robin Campbell of Stantec Consulting mark the outside limits of the gardens as reference for further site excavation of the topsoil.
18. The concrete is poured into the forms of the sculpture foundation by Buren Concrete Forming.
19. Both foundations are now complete and left to cure so that the Carillon tower and sculpture can be placed by crane onto these foundations.
20. The final excavation of the gardens, which straddle both sides of the sidewalk are completed. Construction materials are removed from the site and surrounding grounds are brought back to grade.
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21. The site is now safety fenced and awaits the electrical power supplies to be installed into the conduits. The site then lay dormant until the various Carillon and sculptural components are installed.
22. Even though we have made every effort to not damage the surroundings of Victoria Park, our heavy trucks have still left scars on the landscape. They were later repaired after the Memorial was completely in place.
23. The Memorials three components arrive at Victoria Park on the back of a large transport truck. Streets are blocked by the police allowing the heavy trucks to enter the park.
24. Cameron Crane & Riggers of London generously provide a 40-ton crane to lift the heavy components of the memorial into place.
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25.The components are lifted from the transport by Cameron Crane and placed on to the ground.
26. With the tower now on site the second ring, complete with its bells, is attached before lifting it to the Memorial site.
27. Before affixing the second ring the bells wires must be fished through and attached inside the tower. The second ring is then attached to the spokes of the tower.
28. Various members of the Veterans Memorial Committee, and friends stand nearby watching the progress of installation at the site. From left to right: unknown (background), Andy Spriet, Jan Maarschalkerweerd, Paul Hogendoorn, Fred Koops, Julie DeVries, Dini Twynstra, Rinette Teunissen, Richard terVrugt, Harry Coumans and Roel DeVries.
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29. With the second middle ring in place the tower is now lifted and ready to be carried to its permanent location in Victoria Park.
30. The Carillon tower is now slowly lifted by Cameron Crane to its foundation nearby. It is being guided on the ground by workers from Excellent Signs and Displays.
31. The Carillon is now slowly lowered onto its concrete foundation in Victoria Park.
32. From right to left Piet Teunissen (red hat), Jan Maarschalkerweerd, Peter Twynstra (foreground), Peter Buren, and a worker from Excellent Signs and Displays bolt and anchor down the Carillon to its foundation.
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33. A worker from Excellent Signs and Displays receives the final top ring lowered by Cameron Crane on to the Carillon.
34. A worker fixes the final ring with its bells onto the top spokes of the Carillon.
35. Reggie Bernardo (centre) of Classic Marble, Granite and Tile, attaches the straps to the granite sculpture so that the crane can lift it into place on its concrete foundation.
36. Reggie Bernardo removes the cranes straps completing the installation of the sculpture. Peter Twynstra, Roel DeVries, and Paul Hogendoorn watch on.
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37. The Liberation Sculpture now sits on its final resting place. The computers must still be installed within it and wired to the Memorial Carillon before it is complete.
38. Bert Van der Weyst, founder of Excellent Signs and Displays and member of the Veterans Committee, inspects the sculpture to make sure it is properly aligned with the Cenotaph.
39. The installation of the memorial at Victoria Park was done on September 11th, 2006. Gerard was living and working in New York City in 1999-2001. He experienced, first hand, the after-effects of the September 11th, 2001 tragedy. “I hope that this memorial will remind us that evil can be overcome, and that the young lives of Canadians soldiers who died liberating Holland from the Nazi’s have intrinsic value even today in the memories of the Dutch.”
40. City of London electrical sub-contractors place foundations for the lighting that will illuminate the Memorial.
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41. Paul Hogendoorn of OES Inc. climbs the tower and finalizes the electrical wiring for the carillon.
42. Robin Campbell of Stantec Consulting marks where the sidewalks will be poured. Buren Concrete Forming workers begin to make the concrete forms for the Memorials sidewalks.
43. A worker from Buren Concrete Forming starts to trowel the freshly poured concrete of the sidewalk in front of the Memorial.
44. Buren Concrete Forming puts the finishing touches on the sidewalk.
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45. Angus McLennan and his now deceased wife Mabe donated the funds, which made the original Veterans Memorial Gardens in Victoria Park. Our project has been added to their generous and beautiful gardens to compliment both the Cenotaph and honour Canada’s Military. Here Angus watches the progress of the installation.
46. The Carillon now waits for finishing electrical details and site tuning by Royal Eijsbouts Bell Foundry of the Netherlands, before it is ready to play at the grand unveiling on September 22nd, 2006.
47. Royal Eijsbouts Bell Foundry technician Ricus Thijssen, of the Netherlands, discusses bell tuning with Sandra Young Tangjerd who plays the bells on a midi keyboard.
48. Veterans Memorial Committee members Bert Van Der Weyst, Piet Teunissen, Roel DeVries, Peter Twynstra and Richard ter Vrugt discuss the improved sounds of the bells.
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49. Ricus Thijssen of Royal Eijsbouts Bell Foundry goes up adjusts and tunes each bell by hand until they are perfect.
50. Ricus Thijssen of Royal Eijsbouts Bell Foundry checks each bell individually and as a piano tuner makes each bell sound the right pitch and volume.
51. Ricus Thijssen and Sandra Young Tangjerd discuss final tonal adjustments for the Carillon bells.
52. Ricus Thijssen goes back up and tunes all the bells for their final time after listening to the bells from far and near.
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53. City of London staffers learn about the controlling computer and software, which controls the Carillon as the City of London will take control of the Carillon after September 22nd, 2006.
54. Peter Buren Concrete Forming completes the final decorative edge of the walkways.
55. City of London, Parks Department staff return fresh topsoil to fill the excavated site and prepare for landscaping the gardens.
56. All the flowerbeds are filled with new soil kindly provided by the City of London Parks Dept. The gardens were also designed by Gerard Pas.
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57. Peeters Landscaping / Baseline Nurseries begin the task of placing all the plantings, planting, and rolling grass sods in the areas damaged by construction to the site. Baseline Nursery has very kindly donated much of the material for landscaping this project.
58. First, all the plantings must be marked out according to the official plan redrawn from Gerard’s plans by Stantec Consulting for the City of London.
59. Once all the plant locations have been established, Peeters Landscaping can begin the planting of shrubs, greenery, and flowers.
60. The entire gardens are covered in an aromatic mulch of cedar bark before tulip bulbs and greenery can be put in the ground.
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61. The sculptural component of the Memorial starts to look more at home in the earth than on its concrete foundation hidden underneath.
62. Larry, of Peeters Landscaping finishes the planting by digging in the orange Tulip bulbs and Periwinkle through the cedar mulch. This must be done last, as otherwise the mulch would bury these plants.
63. Robin Campbell of Stantec Consulting goes over the final plantings with Larry of Peeters Landscaping.
64. Theresa, a City Parks employee responsible for working at Victoria Park takes mulch to fill in gaps in surrounding beds so that all looks good for the formal unveiling.
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65. Bert Van der Weyst, Julie and Roel DeVries, Piet Teunissen, come to check last minute details before the formal unveiling on September 22, 2006.
66. Fred of OES Inc. makes last checks and inputs final song selection into the Carillon’s computer before the formal unveiling on September 22, 2006.
67. The walkways and grounds are power cleaned before the formal unveiling on September 22, 2006.
68. All is ready for the dedication, unveiling, and formal ceremonies on September 22nd, 2006 at 11:00 am in Victoria Park, London, Canada.
all photographs were taken by and remain the copyright of Gerard Pas ©
"Canadian Veterans Memorial" | Liberation Sculpture - Carillon Memorial (2006)

Generous benefactors and Corporate Contributors who donated their services in construction, landscaping and installing the Memorial.
Visit Abuma Manufacturing
Visit OES Inc.
Abuma Manufacturing
London, Canada.

Partner in initial design concepts of Carillon, construction of bell tower, and other main components.
Buren Concrete Forming
Lambeth, Ontario, Canada.

Foundations and concrete work.
London, Canada.

Electrical engineering, instruments, wiring and controls.
Baseline Nurseries
Peeters Landscaping
London, Canada.

Planting materials and
Landscaping of memorial gardens.
Visit Spriet and Associates
Visit the memorial's official site.
X-K-Vate Construction
London, Canada.

Site excavations
Spriet Associates
Engineers & Architects
London, Canada.

Site and base foundation engineering.
Cameron Crane & Riggers
London, Canada.

Crane usage
Various individual members of
the Veterans Memorial Committee
who assisted in the installation.

Contributors who assisted in the installation of the Memorial.
Visit Stantec Consulting
Visit Royal Eijbouts Bell foundry
Visit the City of London.
Stantec Consulting Ltd.
London, Canada.

Provided assistance in all aspects of installing this project into Victoria Park.
Royal Eijsbouts Bell Foundry
Asten, The Netherlands.

Casting of bells and Carillon programming.
The Corporation of the
City of London.
Assistance with this project through its many departments, elected and civil servants.
Classic Marble, Granite and Tile
London, Canada.

Granite work on
the Liberation Sculpture

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