Metal plaques honouring war veterans throughout Edmonton community of Griesbach stolen in brazen robbery.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 25, 2017, Edmonton, AB – Over 15 metal plaques ho nouring Canada’s most decorated soldiers and battles dating back to the First World War have been forcibly removed from the Edmonton Community of Griesbach – in what appears to be a brazen and coordinated robbery. It is believed the theft took place over a couple of days, between July 23rd and 24th.
The stolen plaques sat at the end of each street, and told the story of the soldier or battle for which the street was named. Many honoured the bravery of Canada’s Victoria Cross winners, such as John Chipman Kerr and Cecil John Kinross. One of the plaques told the story of the WWII battle of Ortona.
“As a community, we are devastated,” said Griesbach Community League President, Brad Tilley. “Residents take great pride in our neighbourhood’s unique character and the ways it remembers those who sacrificed so much for our country. It is an absolutely senseless and disrespectful crime.”
A former garrison, Griesbach has been transformed into a thriving residential community by Canada Lands Corporation. Statues, signs and memorials throughout the community have been erected to celebrate Canada’s military heritage.
The community league and Canada Lands are hoping these plaques can be recovered intact and reinstalled. There is a concern that the thieves may attempt to melt down the plaques (which are a metal alloy and not a pure bronze) and sell for salvage.
“Veterans and their families travel from afar to visit our community and see how it pays tribute to our soldiers. It is a real dishonour to those who have served. There are still several plaques within the community. We hope they don’t try to come back to get these as well,” added Tilley.
Griesbach Community League encourages anyone who has any information concerning this matter, or surveillance footage that may identify the culprits, to contact Edmonton City Police.
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For media inquiries and interview requests contact: Brad Tilley, President, Griesbach Community League.