Montgomery Place named national historic site

Parks Canada designates Montgomery Place as a national historic site. Phillip Bollman / Global News

Montgomery Place has been designated as a national historic site.

Parks Canada unveiled a plaque on Sunday to recognize the community, which was established 71 years ago to house veterans returning from the Second World War.

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They were able to purchase a home with only a small down payment, allowing them to become financially independent as they returned to civilian life.

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The neighbourhood, which started with 28 homes, has grown over the years and now has approximately 900 residences, two schools, one church and four park.

Street names, memorials and parks in Montgomery Place create a neighbourhood of remembrance to honour Canada’s military heritage.

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The program was later expanded to include veterans of the Korean War.

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“Residents of Montgomery Place are proud of the designation of their community as a national historic site,” Barb Biddle, president of the Montgomery Place community association, said in a release.

“As one of the few Veterans Land Act communities still intact, we feel it is important to preserve this part of Canada’s history and ensure that history is kept alive for future generations and a wider audience.”

Montgomery Place officially became part of Saskatoon in 1955.c

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