About the Project

 They Served For Us...


   They Served For Us is a memorial project originally created by students from the Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute (OSCVI). Following the amalgamation of OSCVI and West Hill Secondary School, students at the new Owen Sound District Secondary School (OSDSS) have continued with the project. The main purpose and goal of They Served For Us is to honour and commemorate the men and women of Grey County who served and sacrificed in the military conflicts of the past century.

   Memory Markers

    The Memory Markers project - a branch of They Served For Us - aims to publicly highlight local individuals who served during some of the notable battles during the First and Second World Wars. In the fall of 2016, five young Grey County soldiers who were killed during the Battle of the Somme (1916) were memorialized with these markers. To learn more, read Scott Dunn’s article on the ceremony and project.

Upper left: John Johnson reads the Memory Marker tribute to his uncle, Jimmie Johnson. The marker was erected in Jervis Bay Park, near the Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library in Owen Sound.


Upper right: The Johnson family, the Meaford Unit of the Canadian Veteran Freedom Riders, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 6 President Anne McCallum, OSCVI student Spencer Greason, Mayor Ian Boddy, and Owen Sound city councillors pose with the Memory Markers in Jervis Bay Park.