Goddard thanks artist
Carol Goddard welcomed a crowd to the McCloskey Hotel on Thurs., June 21, for the launch of her new book Morewood War Memorial —Remembering their service forever. Goddard (right) thanks artist, Carrie Keller (left) for the use of her artwork in the historical fiction children’s book. There were also prints of the artwork on display during the celebration.      Moore photo

Author, Carol Goddard signs one of her new books Morewood War Memorial — Remembering their service forever, during the launch on Thurs., June 21. Goddard was surprised and elated with the turnout. Moore photo

Jeff Moore
Record Staff
CHESTERVILLE — The Chesterville Record’s long-time writer, Carol Goddard launched a new book called The Morewood War Memorial — Remembering their service forever on Thurs., June 21, at McCloskey Hotel in Chesterville. The book is produced as a historical fiction children’s book which incorporates many local stories.

Some 35 people showed up for the event which seemed to overwhelm the author saying “I wasn’t expecting this many people to show up!” She was delighted and began the evening thanking those who have helped her make this dream a reality. Goddard thanked Rosemary Rutley for helping with the text for the book, Carrie Keller whose paintings, “brought my words to life,” Stephanie Berry of Chickadilly Studios for binding the book together and Ron LeClair who framed all the paintings throughout the display.

Goddard went on to talk about what inspired her to write the book, “the Morewood Cenotaph has always held a special place in my heart. On countless occasions throughout these past sixty odd years (sic), I have passed it on my way to visit family, friends, and various locations in Russell, Embrun or Crysler where young people gathered to socialize back in the day. About a decade ago, I began researching the story behind this memorial and the local people who perished overseas during the wars. While there are still many questions to be answered, the one thing all of us who have seen it know for sure is it was erected by a community who gave future generations a place to gather and remember the service of those who fought and died for our freedoms.”

The Morewood Cenotaph will turn 100 years old in three years, 2021 and a group of people are quietly working with the Morewood Cenotaph Committee for the promotion of the event. Goddard’s book will help with the funding for the Cenotaph Committee as she is donating $5 from each book sold to the Committee.

Goddard closed the ceremony saying, “it is up to our generation to help ensure the sacrifices of our men and women are remembered and we must pass the torch from our generation to the next so that nobody ever forgets their sacrifices.”