Trail: Women’s service acknowledged on war memorial plaque

Until now, women who served in the world wars were not recognized on the bronze plaque in the Trail Memorial Centre.

The bronze plaque in the Memorial Centre will be rededicated to recognize both women and men for their wartime service.

The bronze plaque in the Memorial Centre will be rededicated to recognize both women and men for their wartime service.

Earlier this year the Trail Legion asked the city for a certain makeover, which was long overdue.

Until now, women who served in the Great War and World War II were not recognized on the bronze memorial plaque located in the front entrance of the Trail Memorial Centre (TMC).

The matter was brought to Trail Mayor Mike Martin with the Legion’s request for the city to refurbish its artifact to acknowledge women’s contributions to the wartime efforts.

That work was completed in October, and early next week, the city is hosting a Memorial Centre Plaque Rededication Ceremony. The event is slated for Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the TMC’s main foyer.

“The City of Trail, Teck Trail Operations and the Royal Canadian Legion #11 will be hosting a special rededication ceremony to celebrate the refurbishment of the centre’s Memorial Plaque,” says the city’s Andrea Jolly. “The rededication will acknowledge the addition of Trail’s women who dedicated their service during the world wars.”

While Canadians were deeply divided on the issue of conscription for men, there was wide agreement that women had important roles to play in the home, in civic life, in industry, in nursing, and even in military uniforms.