Decommissioning Ceremony – Yonge Memorial Sites – June 3

Willowdale has responded to the horrific attack of April 23 with an outpouring of grief, sympathy, kindness and generosity. This is reflected in the memorial sites which residents have created at Olive Square Parkand Mel Lastman Square.

This weekend, 40 days after the attack, we mark another step on the road to recovery. A special ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 3, beginning at 2 PM at Olive Square (near the southeast corner of Yonge and Finch) and then moving to Mel Lastman Square. We will remember the victims once again and respectfully gather the cards, messages and flowers that have formed temporary memorials. Participants will start at Olive Square and walk from there along Yonge to Mel Lastman Square.

Cards and other mementos will be collected by City staff and reviewed to ensure that a  significant collection is preserved in the City’s Museums collection and in the Toronto City Archives. Potted plants will be replanted in local parks while cut flowers will be composted for future use.

A temporary plaque will be installed at Olive Square marking the significance of the site. In the coming months, the City will begin the process of considering what type of permanent remembrance would be most appropriate. We have already received many good suggestions from members of the public but will also be looking at some examples from elsewhere in the world and, most importantly, consulting with the families of the victims.

Thanks again to all who have taken an active role, whether large or small, in our community’s recovery – and especially to community groups such as We Love Willowdale and TSIG who have played such important roles in organizing these events and maintaining the memorial sites.