FOCUS - NOVEMBER 2018 51 FOCUS - SEPTEMBER 2016 51 FOCUS - NOVEMBER 2018 51 Mrs. Harris expressed her delight in being able to “assist in securing this permanent and useful monument to the service which the soldiers of Port Perry, had ren- dered service to their country during the Great War.” Items placed In the cornerstone included: 1. Four Poppies 2. A copy of “In Flanders Fields” . 3....A.list.of.their.officers 4. A history of the library from its beginning 5. Coins of the realm 6. A list of the public bodies of the day 7. A copy of The Port Perry Star 8 . A copy of the address by Dr. Herbert Bruce, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario 9. An essay on “Reading” 10. A symposium setting forth the aims and objects of public education Seven months after the cornerstone was laid, on May. 24,. 1935. the. War. Memorial. Library. was. officially. opened with colourful ceremony. Hon. Dr. H.A. Bruce, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and his wife Angella, assisted by Major-General James MacBrien performed the ceremony. Both men were former graduates of Port Ottawa, landing on Lake Scugog. The War Memorial Library was opened as a last- ing memorial to the boys of World War I. A Book of Remembrance was placed in a lighted niche above the fireplace.inside.the.building. This War Memorial Library building served the resi- dents of Port Perry and area until 1982 when the library was relocated to its present location on 231 Water St., overlooking Lake Scugog. With the opening of the new library, the Book of Remembrance was moved to the new location. After vacating the War Memorial Library, the building was leased to a number of tenants including the YMCA and Grenadier Militaria shop. On June17, 2013, in a closed-door meeting, Scugog councillors voted to declare the landmark library build-“” the market for sale. Less than a year later, in March 2014, Scugog Township sold the Port Perry War Memorial Library building to the First Financial Centre, headed by Tom Rowett of Port Perry. The company renovated and restored the building year.. They. continue. to. operate. their. financial. business. from this location. By J.Peter Hvidsten Memorial Library 1935. Hon. Dr. H.A. Bruce, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. Port Perry Honours Veterans (continued from page 49)