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Elmira Memorial Forest


A Memorial Tree may be planted or Memorial Bench may be installed in memory of a loved one through this program regardless of when/where the death occurred, or where the funeral service was held. We envision that the Elmira Memorial Forest will continue for many years and our hope is that this living forest and these benches will be of comfort and benefit to all.


The purpose of our Memorial Forest Program is to provide an opportunity to commemorate the life of a loved one; in a special way, by planting a tree or installing a bench.

A Living Memorial

Each tree or bench in this natural forest will be in memory of or donated by a local citizen. A tree symbolizes strength, shelter and durability. By planting a tree it is a symbol of hope, a sign of a new beginning and a living tribute. It will be a source of comfort and meaning to those who have suffered a loss. As one life ends, a new life begins. A bench provides a resting spot for those who walk on our trails. It will be a source of comfort and meaning to those travelling along our trails as well as a source of comfort and meaning to those who have suffered a loss.

The Memorial Forest Program not only pays a significant tribute to the memory of loved ones, but also assures a better environment for generations to come. The Program was initiated on September 1, 1999 and great interest has been expressed. The first tree was planted by the Elmira Lions Club in memory of Mae Moser, a well-known and very generous lady who passed away in 1997. A request for our first Memorial Bench was received sometime later.

Where will the trees be planted or the benches be installed?

The Elmira Lions Memorial Forest is located along the Kissing Bridge Trail Way adjacent to Snyder Avenue North and along the NE section of Lions Ring Trail. Because it is located adjacent to the Trail way, it is easily accessible for walkers, hikers and bicyclists as well as by automobile from Snyder Avenue North.

You Should Know…

  • The planting of a tree or installation of a bench may be arranged through any member of the Elmira Lions Club
  • An annual Dedication Service will be conducted at Lions Hall on the Sunday following the second Saturday in June. This service will be open for all to attend.
  • The name of the deceased will be affixed near the tree or on the bench and listed in the Dedication Service Brochure.
  • The family of the deceased will receive a Memorial Certificate stating that a tree will be planted or a bench was installed in memory of their loved one.
  • This program is not restricted to Lions. Everyone is invited to participate.
  • The location of the benches is determined solely by the Elmira Lions Club.
  • There are two colours of benches available, Grey and Orange.

Below are the applications. Please click the link which should open in another tab. You can print/download them from there.