Windsor Veterans Memorial Services Committee


Veterans who survived the horrors of WWI were having a difficult time surviving in peace time. There were no allowances of Veterans Assistance of any kind. Veterans who died had no means of providing a decent burial and were simply buried in Potters field.  Two caring ex-servicemen, Major Joe Brown and Clarence Forster, who were very moved by these conditions vowed to help in some way.

1926 - Formed a volunteer group of concerned Veterans in the Windsor area dedicated to give freely of their time, money to buy caskets, and burial plots as well as maintaining the burial area of all those assisted.

1933 - They expanded and formed the Windsor Grave Committee inviting all Veteran Services to send a representative to sit on the committee. They were now able to undertake on larger commitments. The financial ability to fund these projects were received by donations from all Veterans Service Clubs and the general public.

1939 - 1945 (WWII) - Financial assistance became even greater, and cemetery owners were approached convincing them to donate hundreds of burial plots. They established Veteran burial sections in each of the cemeteries for Veterans and their spouses.

1963 - They expanded again changing their name to Windsor Veterans Memorial Services Committee. They took on the task of erecting war memorials in each of the cemeteries in Windsor, Ontario. They met that task, and today you will find a memorial in every cemetery in Windsor.

Flanders Fields