Statues are not the only way to honour the war dead. And the form of honour can have a double purpose. Avenue des Portugais, a short walk from the Arc de Triomphe in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, is testament to both ideas. Continue reading
July 1 is Memorial Day in Newfoundland and Labrador, a solemn day of remembrance of the single greatest disaster in Newfoundland history. At Beaumont-Hamel, the Newfoundland Regiment was virtually wiped out in half an hour on the first morning of the Somme Offensive, July 1, 1916. Of the 780 men who went forward, 233 were dead, 386 wounded and 91 reported missing (later assumed dead) – a he casualty rate of 90%. All the officers were killed or wounded. Continue reading
Memorial Day in Newfoundland and Labrador, honouring those in the Newfoundland Regiment killed in the Battle of the Somme on July 1,1916.
Canada Day, celebrating 152 years of our home and native land.
Monday Monuments and Memorials is on hiatus this week. I invite you to check out past monuments, book reviews and interviews.
See you again soon.
The guns went silent on 11 November 1918 but the enemies were still at war. In January 1919, the summit began in Paris to work out the terms of peace. The most important of the resulting treaties was the Treaty of Versailles, ending the war between Germany and the Allies. Continue reading
If you visit the Musée Marmottan in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, walk a short half block east on rue Louis Bouilly and cross boulevard Suchet to a peaceful park – the Square des Écrivains Combattants Morts pour la France (writers who fought and died for France). Continue reading
Their sacrifice was matchless … All they had they gave … They served until death their God, King and Country.
The Owen Sound cenotaph is in Queen’s Park, on 1st Ave W at the corner of 8th St W backing on the Sydenham River.
The cenotaph was designed by Emanuel Hahn, working for the Thomson Monument Company. It was dedicated on 1 Dec 1921. Continue reading
In honour of Memorial Day in the US.
The Monument aux volontaires américains morts pour la France (monument to American volunteers who died for France) is located in square Thomas-Jefferson, place des États-Unis, 16th arrondissement, Paris. Continue reading
Two plaques near the Owen Sound cenotaph – in Queen’s Park, on 1st Ave W at the corner of 8th St W backing on the Sydenham River – honour local Victoria Cross winners from WW1. Continue reading
Entering the Memorial Room in the Students’ Memorial Union (now the John Deutsch University Centre) at Queen’s University is like taking a step back in time. The ornate room honours the university’s students and alumni killed in WW1 and WW2. The room is 20×15 feet with a timbered ceiling and panelled walls. A stone altar topped with a display case sits in an alcove with stained glass windows. Continue reading