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Wall graphic designed for shopping mall-Memorial to fallen soldiers

Recently I was commissioned by the Rainbow Mall to design a wall graphic memorial to the fallen Canadian soldiers who have served in United Nations Peace Keeping efforts.

It was a month in planning and execution and on Monday March 16th the dedication took place.

CFB Borden Base Commander Colonel Hamel, The Minister of Foreign Affairs Office representative Valerie Knight and veterans from the Angus and Barrie Legion along with the Army, Navy, Air Force Club were on hand to witness the solemn event. As four soldiers had been repatriated home to Canada in the previous days it was a poignant reminder that reflected the efforts of our peace keepers in Afghanistan.

The wall graphic shows a field of red poppies reaching up to a blue sky. There are 225 names of fallen soldiers written on the wall and sadly, four more to be added this past week.


Advantage Staging was proud to be part of this community event to show our support to the troops and their efforts to keep peace in the world.




Comment balloon 6 commentsMichelle Finnamore • March 29 2009 08:01PM


Hello Michelle. Designing a mural for a mall as a memorial is such an honor for you. Way to go!!

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 11 years ago

Michelle, What an honor to be involved in such an event. One I'm sure you'll treasure always!

Posted by Donna Schoby (Liberty Bank of Arkansas) over 11 years ago

HI Gary, It certainly was an honour for me to do this for our troops. I was referred to the mall owners by a local Realtor, Tammy Dufault with Century 21 that I do Home Staging work for. You just never know will life will take you do you?

Hi Donna, I still get goosebumps every time I see it. It will be there for years to come. I didn't really think about that aspect of the wall graphic being in public display while doing the work, but it really makes you humble to think of how many people will stop and look at the memorial and what it means to them. The first afternoon it was up, I was able to spend the afternoon there listening to the comments of shoppers as they came in. As the mall is adjacent to the base, many of the troops and their families shop there. They were truly touched to see the support in the community.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 11 years ago

Michelle - Great blog. What a meaningful way to honor those heroes and share your talent!

Posted by Rhonda Hay Rawlins (Glastonbury Home Staging) over 11 years ago

Ok Michelle, you give me goosebumps also. Bless you, the troops and their families!

Posted by Donna Schoby (Liberty Bank of Arkansas) over 11 years ago

Hi Rhonda, It was a very moving experience the day it was unveiled. It was tough not cry when the piper started playing the lament at the end. The mother of one of the soldiers was there and she was very touched by the support being shown by the community for the efforts of the fallen soldiers.

HI Donna, It started out as a job I was commissioned to do and ended up really bringing home all the sacrifices our troops make to keep peace in the world. Even though I don't know anyone personally in the military, this wall graphic has made the news of the latest fallen soldier much more personal to me now.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 11 years ago

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