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New sign for Fort Garry marks 100th anniversary

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Mayor Sam Katz (second from left) and dignitaries to unveil a 'Fort Garry Welcomes You' sign Friday afternoon on Pembina Highway.

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Mayor Sam Katz (second from left) and dignitaries to unveil a 'Fort Garry Welcomes You' sign Friday afternoon on Pembina Highway. Photo Store

Welcome to Fort Garry, folks.

A new greeting to motorists in the south end of the city was unveiled today, marking the 100th anniversary of the area in 2012. The signage, which reads "Fort Garry Welcomes You," is an illuminated limestone and concrete marker in the median of Pembina Highway between Calrossie Boulevard and Byng Place.

The sign was a project of the Fort Garry Historical Society. Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz donated $7,500 to the project, with area Couns. Jenny Gerbasi, John Orlikow and Justin Swandel each contributing $10,000 to the construction.

"We are extremely grateful for the support and contributions by the mayor and these councillors to help us showcase the entrance to an area of this city that is so rich in history and that we have been working hard to preserve since our inception," president of the Fort Garry Historical Society Norm Magnusson said in a statement.

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Updated on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 12:19 PM CST: Corrects text of sign

5:08 PM: Adds photo.

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