Brandon’s Wall of Remembrance Receives National CIB Award

March 21, 2017


Brandon, MB – Community members and the various City of Brandon departments integral to the development of Brandon’s Veterans’ Memorial and Wall of Remembrance have been officially recognized by the national Communities in Bloom organization and by Brandon City Council for their role in the project’s successful completion.

The City of Brandon was recently named as a finalist in the 2016 Communities in Bloom Gardens of Remembrance Program, which recognized the work done to create the Wall of Remembrance located on the northeast portion of City-owned property at 1010 Victoria Avenue. The wall sits next to the Brandon Veterans’ Memorial, which was completed in 2013, and is also in close proximity to the Brandon Police Services headquarters and the Brandon Armoury. The Gardens of Remembrance Program was created by Communities in Bloom in 2016 to formally celebrate excellence in the design, landscaping, maintenance, & community contribution undertaken to honour the memory of veterans. As a Program Finalist, the City of Brandon received a $500 grant from Scotts Canada, which will be used in the continued beautification and maintenance of the Wall of Remembrance.

In officially presenting the honour to Brandon City Council last night, City of Brandon Community Development Programmer Kevin Bertram noted the importance of the community effort.

“It is wonderful seeing projects led by the community being recognized at a national level. It takes a genuine team effort to build, maintain, and continue to develop public infrastructure like the Veterans’ Memorial and the Wall of Remembrance,” Bertram noted. “The Brandon in Bloom committee wishes to recognize the exemplary overall approach to the creation of the Wall of Remembrance with a well-thought-out strategy that fits the City’s values of serving and building community, the priorities and culture of our City, and the understanding and appreciation of the contribution of veterans globally and how they have impacted our local realities.”

Bertram’s presentation also took time to acknowledge the many contributors to the project, including the City of Brandon’s Departments of Planning, Property & Buildings, Engineering Services & Water Resources, and Community Services, as well as the Brandon Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee and its Veterans’ Memorial Sub-Committee.