A year after she was first reported missing, a monument will be unveiled on the Samson Trail in honour of Amber Kirwan.
The ceremony will be held at the Samson Trail site on Oct. 9 at 10 a.m.
Kirwan, who was 19 at the time, left Dooly’s Pool Hall in New Glasgow on Oct. 9, 2011 and disappeared a short time later. On Nov. 6, after an extensive search, police confirmed that the teens remains had been found in Heathbell. Since then Christopher Falconer has been charged with her murder.
The local citizens committee behind the monument initiative consists of Mariea Leil-Bowser, a personal friend of the Kirwan and Campbell families and Ben MacLean who came on board to see that the project could be done and completed.
The wrought-iron monument itself was designed and created by local artisan Darren Martin, owner of Creative Metals and donated by Martin and his family as a gift to the Kirwan family and those deeply impacted by the events surrounding her death.
Crane services and operators are being donated by A.W. Leil Cranes to move the monument to the site and place it on the concrete slab. Kris Stewart of New Glasgow Talks, designed the stone base beneath the wrought-iron structure. Robert Simpson of Arsenault Monuments oversaw the granite portions of the monument, which will feature Kirwan’s picture. Two benches were donated by Allision Leil and family and the other by Investors’ Group where Marjorie Kirwan is employed.
Vanco Farms from Prince Edward Island donated 2,000 pink and white tulips through New Glasgow’s Communities in Bloom program. The rest of the landscaping needs, including flowers and other greenery, were donated by Proudfoot’s Home Hardware, where Kirwan was employed.
Earl MacKenzie, New Glasgow’s Town Engineer and workers from the town prepared the site for the monument with a concrete foundation.
The flowers and greenery will be placed by town horticulturist Chelsea Baird with support from Communities in Blooms volunteers.
The site is for the monument is located a short distance from the Duff Pioneer Cemetery entrance on the riverside of the Samson Trail and was chosen by Amber’s parents.