Memorial spaces play a vital role in shaping how the public identifies with the past, acting as vehicles that bring significant events and people into the present. They link us to the local movers and shakers, as much as they raise awareness about the silent heroes whose kindness and benevolence shaped the social fabric of the community.
Joseph Bannon Park is dedicated to the memory of one of Emery Village’s greatest community champions. Born in Scotland in 1919, Joseph Bannon enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force and in 1944 was part of the invading Canadian Forces that landed at Juno Beach on D-Day. His name and military regalia are permanently displayed as part of the Canadian War memorial at Juno Beach.
After the war, Joe settled with his family in a “war home” in the new Weston subdivisions, built for returning veterans and their families. Joe’s experience during the war, where he witnessed the suffering, loss and devastation of the surviving children led him to his life long commitment and dedication to their care. In addition to their own two children, Joe Bannon and his wife Doris May became foster parents to over 100 unwanted children, 7 of which they adopted.
What better way to spend time with your family than at a recreational space dedicated to the life of a great family man? Grab your skates and head over to the park, where you and your family can enjoy leisurely laps around the state-of-the-art refrigerated ice rink. In the summer months, the park also features a sports themed splash pad.