Cenotaph Beautification



The Port Hope Cenotaph stands in the Municipality’s Memorial Park on Queen Street. For several years following WW I the Port Hope chapter of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire devoted their time to raise funds for the design and construction of the Cenotaph. Classically inspired and with gothic touches, an unusual open arch crowns the top. In 1926 this impressive monument was unveiled. On the front of the memorial are inscribed, the names of the local men who died in the Great War, and the names of the historic battles are carved in the shaft for all to remember. Statues of peace adorn the memorial, looking out for the souls lost in the horrific battles.

The names of those lost in World War II were added later, as was a small bronze plaque to acknowledge the Korean War.

The revitalization of the Port Hope War Memorial Cenotaph will continue to support the work of recognizing and honouring Veterans and current Armed Forces members. This focal point in Memorial Park is to host to the annual Remembrance Day services, which honours the fallen, and those who currently serve. The Port Hope Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion is a strong supporter of the revitalization of the memorial, and the Municipality is working closely with them to complete the beautification of the monument.

Fundraising Goal $20,000

The Cenotaph Beautification Project will include accessible upgrades to the landscaping and structures around the monument in Memorial Park. In 2018, work was completed on the monument to repair deteriorating lettering, surface cleaning and repairs to the cross-bed flower beds. The next phase of the project includes the following planned components, with a similar look to the Canton Cenotaph.

  • Removal and replacement of the two spruce trees located at the west side of the Cenotaph
  • Solar lights and accent lighting along both sides of the walkway up to and surrounding the Cenotaph
  • New sidewalk approaching & surrounding the Cenotaph with interlocking pavers, stamped concrete & monogrammed stones
  • New metal benches for viewing
  • New retaining wall (scope revised) with steps incorporated into the wall, accessible ramp
  • New flag poles installed

Fundraising Option- Monogramed Stone Program

The Municipality of Port Hope in partnership with the Legion Brach #30 are excited to launch a paver program for those that want to contribute to the project.


Individual Names
The Cost of each Name Paver is $100.00. Your Individual Name Paver will be engraved with ¾” letters with a maximum of 11 letters per line. 1 space equals 1 letter. There are a maximum of 5 lines.

Uniformed Organization Emblems
The Cost of each Emblem Paver is $125.00. Your Uniformed Organization Paver will be engraved with an emblem and one line of lettering. A suitable copy of the emblem is required

To order a paver, please complete the attached form and send to the attention  of Julia Snoek at the Jack Burger Sports Complex with payment.

This project is financially supported by the Port Hope Legion.

For more information please contact:
Amanda Millar (905) 885 8760 ext. 4101