Brock rallied the troops to welcome the General home

THE BROCK PRESS/Brittany Brooks

THE BROCK PRESS/Brittany Brooks

A sea of red blanketed Brock University’s campus early on Mar. 16 to welcome the greatly anticipated statue of Major-General Sir Isaac Brock during the Statue Party hosted in Isaac’s Bar & Grill.

A generous donation made by the late David S. Howes, this bronze statue, sculpted by renowned Canadian artist, Danek Mozdzenski, has made its way to its designated spot in front of the Schmon Tower. Throughout the last week, Director of University Marketing and Communications, Kevin Cavanagh, detailed the statue’s journey at from Oregon to St. Catharines, driving through 10 U.S. states in seven days.

Snacks, drinks, face paint and sign-making were just a few activities lined up for students on Mar. 16, fostering both excitement and Badger pride on campus. The Brock University Alumni Association (BUAA) handed out t-shirts with Isaac Brock’s silhouette on the front to the first 150 people that attended the event.

At 11:00 a.m. that morning, hundreds of students, staff, faculty and administrative members gathered together to march in a parade from the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex to Schmon Tower, with the statue and Mozdzenski following the crowd.

Vice-president, Student Services, Paul Dermody led the parade, along with other BUSU executives, Boomer the Badger and the cheerleading team. Third-year Sport Management student, Shayne Lasher, stood out from the crowd as he valiantly dressed in a Major-General uniform in celebration of the statue.

Once arriving at the Tower, Brock community members gathered above and around the bus hub, waiting for it to be erected and fastened on to its permanent base.

“The General is finally home,” said Dermody to an enthusiastic crowd.

Though the statue took approximately three hours until it was fully in place, students continued the celebration in Isaac’s Bar & Grill throughout the afternoon.

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