Historic memorial gets permanent new home

Osler staff, physicians and volunteers recently welcomed veterans and dignitaries at Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness, to formally unveil a plaque honouring soldiers from Brampton who had dedicated their lives in service to their country.

The plaque was originally erected inside the main entrance of the former Peel Memorial Hospital during its opening ceremony in February 1925, and was returned to the wall Nov. 12 in a ceremony involving members of the Royal Canadian Legion, as well as Prabmeet Sarkaria, Brampton-South MPP, Brampton Mayor-elect Patrick Brown and Councillor Jeff Bowman.

“This site’s name, given so many years ago, was a small gesture to express the community’s deep respect for the dedication and sacrifice of those who served,” said Brendan Carr, William Osler Health System president and CEO. “History truly does repeat itself, as we gather together more than 90 years later to express the same sentiments. These brave soldiers will always be an integral part of our vibrant community and an important part of Osler’s fabric and history.”

The plaque has been placed in the main corridor of Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness, on the wall opposite the staff library and diagnostic imaging waiting area.

“Peel Memorial was named in honour of those who died in the First World War, so it’s especially meaningful for us to host this tribute here,” said Ken Mayhew, William Osler Health System Foundation president and CEO. “While the walls of Peel Memorial may be new, this site has served generations thanks to the loyal and generous support of our community, including Brampton Legion Branch 15 and Branch 609.”

Photo: Wards 3 and 4 Councillor Jeff Bowman; Dr. Tom Dickson, former Peel Memorial physician; Brampton Mayor-elect Patrick Brown; Mike Henry Jr., Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 15 president; Dr. Brendan Carr, Osler president and CEO; Prabmeet Sarkaria, Brampton South MPP; Ken Mayhew, Osler Foundation president and CEO with the plaque which honours soldiers from Brampton who had dedicated their lives in service to their country.

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